Project pluto

Below, you will find the declassified documents available thus far. More requests are open, and when documents are received, they will be added here. To guide the funding management, relevant R and D activities are described in detail, followed by a discussion of criteria to be met before an engine qualifies for consideration.

Project pluto

Inthe U. Air Force officially launched, Project Pluto. In the event of an impending conflict, Pluto would be launched most likely from a hardened underground site via three solid rocket boosters, These would accelerate the missile to ramjet speed, then be jettisoned. Once at cruising altitude 35, feet Pluto could circle at its Fail Safe point for an extended period until either brought home or released on its bombing run.

Traveling at Mach 3, Pluto would drop to virtual tree-top level, tearing ground structures to shreds with its sonic boom, all the while spraying a lethal stream of highly radioactive exhaust in its wake. But that was just the pre-show.

Launching the warheads upward instead of simply dropping them would give Pluto enough time to escape the blast of its own weapons. Inprogress on Pluto had progressed far enough that a nuclear-powered ramjet engine dubbed Tory-IIA could be successfully tested at a special facility constructed in Jackass Flats, Nevada.

Tests continued there until Just one problem remained: How do you test a nuclear-powered doomsday weapon? This was one problem Pluto's engineers were unable to solve. That coupled with the development of dependable ICBMs and the ecological challenges Pluto presented caused this ambitious program to be canceled in Jan 26,  · On July 1, , seven years and six months after it was born, Project Pluto was cancelled by the AEC and Air Force.

At a country club near Livermore, Merkle hosted a "last supper" for those who had worked on the project, where SLAM tie tacks and bottles of "Pluto" mineral water were handed out as souvenirs.

Project pluto

Do-it-yourself and Wood Artistry versions of PLUTO that show construction and finish alternatives. The enclosure is made up of 4 inch and inch or equivalent metric PVC or ABS plumbing pipes that must be cut to length and of .

Project Pluto was a United States government program to develop nuclear powered ramjet engines for use in cruise experimental engines were tested at the United States Department of Energy Nevada Test Site (NTS) in and New Horizons launched on Jan. 19, and conducted a six-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons in summer , culminating with Pluto closest approach on July 14, About Project Pluto: Project Pluto supplies astronomical software, both commercial and freeware, to amateur and professional astronomers.

The foremost product is the Guide DVD Star Chart, a powerful general-purpose charting/desktop planetarium tool.

Project Pluto

The main purpose of this program is star chart generation, and it is unsurpassed in this area. Pluto is a featured article, which means it has been identified as one of the best articles produced by the Disney Wiki community.

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