Why the U.S. Abandoned Nuclear-Powered Missiles More Than 50 Years Ago
President Donald Trump says the U.S. has a missile like the one that killed seven in the Russian arctic. That's untrue, because the U.S. abandoned the idea decades ago.
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August 16, 2019 - by Kyle Mizokami for popularmechanics.com
Last week's mysterious nuclear accident in Russia became even more mysterious as the government admitted that a small nuclear reactor had exploded, killing seven people.
Evidence is piling up that the incident is somehow related to Russia's development of a nuclear-powered cruise missile, and President Donald Trump took to Twitter to state that the U.S. has a similar system. One problem: the U.S. looked into nuclear-powered cruise missiles more than half a century ago before rejecting them as impractical.
The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia. We have similar, though more advanced, technology. The Russian “Skyfall" explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2019
Earlier reports of the August 8th incident stated that two individuals from Russia's Defense Ministry were killed and six badly injured. Russia's nuclear energy agency, has since admitted five of its employees were also killed in the explosion, with another three receiving injuries and burns
A consensus is emerging that the nuclear accident is in some way related to Russia's development of the Burevestnik ("Storm Petrel") nuclear-powered cruise missile, known by NATO as the SSC-X-9 Skyfall...
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