1) Take off
2) nuke them from orbit — its the only way to be sure
3) nuke them again — to make the rubles bounce
We actually had the NERVA nuclear rocket engine that was killed by Nixon in the early 70’s.
Even had it up and running for tests. It would have been used for manned Mars missions and building a moon base.
Russia will get it done, they will make their neighbours pay for it.
“After all,” Yevgeny continued, “no one knows nuclear propulsion like Russian military. I am third-generation submarine sailor,” he said, wiggling his tentacles...
Nuclear propulsion method has been on the theory board for a long time. I think the hardest part will be finding the people crazy enough to rid it.
Dyson. Long time ago at NASA.
Russia has lost several good men in their space race. - I
worked one summer in 1964 down at the Marshall Space Flight
Center in Huntsville in the Valve Unit. I’d never even typed
on an electric typewriter & those snap-in IBM Selectric
balls with the foreign symbols were Greek to me. They were
racing to get to the moon first & just took it for granted
that LOTS of astronauts would be lost in the race for the
moon. When that Saturn V rocket took off for the moon a few
years later, I prayed - because I wasn’t at all sure I had
known much of what I was doing when I worked down there.
(Of course, they weren’t going to allow us recent high
school grads to do anything *really* important WERE THEY?)
Well, it went okay; but not because we were rocket