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  • Rocket mystery: What weapon was Russia testing in Arctic?

    Five Russian nuclear engineers who died in a rocket engine explosion have been buried in Sarov, a closed town 373km (232 miles) east of Moscow, where nuclear warheads are made.

    The Russian state nuclear agency, Rosatom, said the experts had been testing a nuclear-powered engine. But it gave no further technical details.
    The test was on an offshore platform in the Arctic, at a naval test range. Russia has previously tested a nuclear-powered cruise missile, "Burevestnik".
    But officials did not specify the system involved in Thursday's disastrous test.
    The explosion was followed by a 40-minute radiation spike in Severodvinsk, a city 40km (25 miles) east of the Nyonoksa test range, by the White Sea.
    Severodvinsk officials said radiation in the city reached 2 microsieverts per hour, then fell back to the normal 0.11 microsieverts. Both levels are too small to cause radiation sickness.
    Three other engineers were injured in the blast, and are now in hospital, Rosatom said. Experts in Russia and the West say the test was most likely linked to the 9M730 Burevestnik, meaning "petrel", a type of seabird. President Vladimir Putin described the missile in a speech to the Russian parliament in March 2018. Nato has given it the designation SSC-X-9 Skyfall.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49319160
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  • #2
    Really, Skyfall?
    They speak in bulletpointese leftist nutjob drivel. It doesn't matter. Nothing is as great a motivator as the chance to truly be free.
    -Mr. Raceboy

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    • #3
      Somebody over there has a sense of humor!

      Though the project itself sounds pretty nasty if you (we?) are on the receiving end. If they get it to work.
      "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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      • #4
        This video makes it sound like this is actually a pretty big deal that Russia would pursue this because the U.S. gave it up for the reason it was just viewed as inhumane. I wanted to know how this would even work so I found this:

        "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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        • #5
          done wrong, or poorly, would result in radiation being spewed all along the flight path.
          "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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          • #6
            Or, intentionally.
            At the precipice, we change!
            The problem with Capitalism is that humans run it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jared View Post
              done wrong, or poorly, would result in radiation being spewed all along the flight path.
              Watch the video above. That's part of the reason it was considered a weapon too far and we gave up on it.
              "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mr. Raceboy View Post

                Watch the video above. That's part of the reason it was considered a weapon too far and we gave up on it.
                Russians suck.

                Pete (can't stand them)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Plezercruz View Post

                  Russians suck.

                  Pete (can't stand them)
                  Meh, we are still the only country that has ever nuked anyone so not sure how much claim we have to moral high ground.
                  "Democracy is a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." H.L. Mencken

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mr. Raceboy View Post

                    Meh, we are still the only country that has ever nuked anyone so not sure how much claim we have to moral high ground.
                    That's true, but you can't say we didn't give them lots of warning, nor that we weren't provoked.
                    "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." –Mark Twain

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