Blue Peacock, renamed from Blue Bunny and originally Brown Bunny, was a British tactical nuclear weapon project in the 1950s. The project's goal was to store a number of ten-kiloton nuclear mines in Germany, to be placed on the North German Plain and, in the event of Soviet invasion from the east, detonated by wire or an eight-day timer in order to "... not only destroy facilities and installations over a large area, but ... deny occupation of the area to an enemy for an appreciable time due t...
The uniquely British touch to
Blue Peacock was using tbe body heat from live chickens to keep the mine’s components at a working temperature during cold seasons.
I was down there in 90s with my cousin… He died of cancer few years ago.
The Onkalo spent nuclear fuel repository is a planned deep geological repository for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel. It is near the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in the municipality of Eurajoki, on the west coast of Finland. It is being constructed by Posiva, and is based on the KBS-3 method of nuclear waste burial developed in Sweden by Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB (SKB). The facility is expected to be operational in 2023. After the Finnish Nuclear Energy Act was amended in 1994 t...
Onkalo means “small cave” or “cavity”.
I find the nuclear powered Stirling motor a great concept for (electricity generating during) spaceflight, though. Such a simple idea to hook up a Stirling motor to a radioactive source the warmth of which drives it.
The Stirling radioisotope generator (SRG) is a type of radioisotope generator based on a Stirling engine powered by a large radioisotope heater unit. The hot end of the Stirling converter reaches high temperature and heated helium drives the piston, with heat being rejected at the cold end of the engine. A generator or alternator converts the motion into electricity. Given the very constrained supply of plutonium, the Stirling converter is notable for producing about four times as much electric p...
And there’s the rub. Nuclear power has been around for 70+ years - and this is the
first long-term waste storage site being constructed.
All the other storage sites are either stopgap solutions or superfund sites if you look closer.
Not to mention that 100,000 years isn’t long enough for plutonium. That would be in the neighbourhood of 300,000+ years.
Which is roughly the timespan that humans more or less like us have walked the Earth so far.
Some of which are still in operation:
Yamal (Russian: Ямал) is a Russian Arktika-class nuclear-powered icebreaker operated by Atomflot (formerly by the Murmansk Shipping Company). She is named after the Yamal Peninsula in Northwest Siberia; the name means End of the Land in Nenets. Laid down in Leningrad in 1986, and commissioned in October 1992, after the breakup of the Soviet Union, she filled her designed role of keeping shipping lanes open and also carried passengers on Arctic excursions. In July 1994 Yamal took an excursion...
Pah. Bring back the
Lenin class icebreakers with their disposable reactors, I say!
(Seriously, what were they thinking.)
Lenin, world’s first nuclear-powered surface ship, a large icebreaker built by the Soviet Union in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1957. The Lenin was 134 metres (440 feet) long, displaced 16,000 tons, and cruised in normal waters at 18 knots (33...
I imagine the use cases for this over the thermoelectric alternative would be where the power/weight ratio was really important and lifespan wasn’t as critical.
David Charles Hahn (October 30, 1976 – September 27, 2016), sometimes called the "Radioactive Boy Scout" or the "Nuclear Boy Scout", was an American man who built a homemade neutron source at the age of seventeen. A scout in the Boy Scouts of America, Hahn conducted his experiments in secret in a backyard shed at his mother's house in Commerce Township, Michigan. Hahn's goal was to build and demonstrate a homemade breeder reactor. While he never managed to build a reactor, Hahn's progress attr...
In 1990, the federal government invited a group of geologists, linguists, astrophysicists, architects, artists, and writers to the New Mexico desert, to visit the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. They would be there on...
On July 16th, 1945, the first atomic bomb, "the Gadget", lit up the early morning New Mexico sky with a man-made sun during the Trinity Tes...
Humans have funny ways of dealing with stress and fear. For over forty years, the US and the USSR fought a war with words, money, politic...
The M-28 or M-29 Davy Crockett Weapon System was the tactical nuclear recoilless smoothbore gun for firing the M388 nuclear projectile armed with the W54 nuclear warhead that was deployed by the United States during the Cold War. It was the first and at the time was the utmost important project assigned to the United States Army Weapon Command in Rock Island, Illinois. It was one of the smallest nuclear weapon systems ever built, with a yield of 20 tonnes of TNT (84 GJ).
It is named after Ame By...
Spot the dog? No, we couldn’t either because Spot is a robot employed by United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
In 1950 Lloyd Bentsen called on President Truman to consider nuking several Korean cities. This was the ‘left’ position; Bentsen ran as a Democratic VP candidate (with Dukakis).
Old news (2016).
Just as VTT is decommissioning its nuclear research reactor, which has served faithfully since 1962, it is also creating a new, modern research environment for projects supporting nuclear safety.
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