- Wikipedia, NERVA, it appears a NERVA derivative would have been used for RIFT.
- Astronautix, Saturn I RIFT, this disucsses a Saturn I vs. V and references a ROVER reactor (doesn't exactly fit but, as I mentioned, I haven't studied the subject).
- Saturn V Restoration Project, Team Member Info for Alfred G. Orillion, Chief of the Nuclear Criteria Unit, NASA MSFC.
- Atomic Rockets, Ford Aeronutronic EMPIRE (1962), discusses Mars study contracts issued by MSFC in 1962, their relation to RIFT and NERVA.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Reactor In-Flight Test (RIFT)
Scott Lowther is on "Nukes-R-Awesome" roll. He presents the RIFT vehicle, a concept for a nuclear rocket that would have been launched atop a Saturn V and ignited sub-orbitally. It would then plunk into the Atlantic Ocean some 1300 miles downrange and "safely" sink to the bottom. If the project had gone foreward, maybe Cloverfield would have been a documentary. Anyway, I wasn't very familiar with this concept. It does surprise me that this project would have seriously been considered. A little surfing found numerous references, which I haven't digested. I think I'll wait for Scott's follow-on. In case you want to jump ahead: