Tag "nuclear weapons"

Anti-Ballistic Missiles that can hit their targets with a high probability have proven very difficult to produce. While we’ve had some success with intercepting medium range missiles, taking down ICBMs has been much harder. Bonus: check out this crazy video of a kill vehicle guidance and tracking being tested.

Related: The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, complete with cutting edge, 3-D drop shadow technology.


A rocket expert looks at our chances of withstanding a missile invasion.


SOMEBODY said recently that he would not be surprised if the AAF were researching itself out of business, at least as far as flying personnel is concerned. This somewhat surprising statement was based on the fact that a good number of the research projects which have been made known are aimed at high-velocity flight, either true supersonic flight or something close to it. Most of this fast flying would necessarily take place at very high altitudes where there is not too much air to interfere. And since the ramjet, the rocket and the rocket airplane can be improved more than the pilot, the pilotless missile is bound to be the final result in many cases.

Crossroads at Bikini (Jun, 1946)

Film documentaries of preparations and outcomes may be found below:

Operations Crossroads Underway, 1946/07/01 (1946)

Operation Crossroads (Part I) (1946)

Operation Crossroads (Part II) (1946)


Crossroads at Bikini

The fate of our navy hangs on the outcome of the most dangerous and dramatic maneuver ever known!


OUT in the lonely atoll of Bikini, 4,150 miles southwest of San Francisco, the curtain of the first act of one of history’s greatest dramas, Operation Crossroads, is about to rise. A production staff of 20,000 scientists and technologists has assembled the supporting cast and props. The dress rehearsal has been held, and the vast stage is set.

For the stellar role, an A-bomb of the power used on Nagasaki will be dropped from a B-29 on about 100 surplus and obsolete ships.

Untold Facts About the H-Bomb (Sep, 1954)

In the entire article he uses the word radiation twice and never mentions radioactivity at all.

Untold Facts About the H-Bomb

Despite its great power, the biggest hell-weapon can’t destroy the world.

By Martin Caidin

For the last four years Martin Caidin has been Atomic Warfare Specialist for the New York State Civil Defense Commission. He is considered a leading authority on the subjects of atomic and hydrogen bomb warfare and has dealt intimately with the defense problems against radiological, biological and chemical warfare.

Mr. Caidin visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the post-war years and has conferred with many leading Japanese military figures on what happened within these two cities immediately after the bombing.



“Out of the sky drops a tiny black speck, there is a blinding white flash, the city lies in ruin…”

By Robert G. Beason

by General Curtis E. LeMay

“For ten years the Strategic Air Command has stood ready as a most powerful deterrent to any aggressor threatening world peace. With with long range bombers and nuclear firepower SAC could carry to an enemy’s heartland the greatest destructive power the world has ever known.

“SAC., often called the world’s best insurance policy for peace, is the long range offensive arm of the USAF.

Blast a Home in the Moon? (Mar, 1962)

I’m not really sure how this is supposed to work. Where would all the material from that sphere go? I suppose if you used a nuke then you could vaporize it, but then I don’t think you’d want to live there.

Blast a Home in the Moon?

THE latest in a series of proposals for your lunar living facilities—in case you decide to make the trip—suggests construction could begin even before you land. A projectile from Earth would carry special shaped charges to blast a shaft (Fig. 2A) in the Moon’s surface. At a predetermined depth it would blow a spherical chamber (2B).