Orion Drive

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An Orion Drive is a kind of Nuclear-Pulse Maneuver Drive used on some interplanetary vessels.


Please refer to the following AAB Library Data for more information:
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Description (Specifications)[edit]

Orion Drives are a type of Nuclear Pulse Drive (NPD) that eject a stream of detonators which explode, producing a blast wave that presses against a pressure plate at the rear of the ship moving the ship forward in reaction. The pulsed pressure of the propelling explosions are smoothed out by Massive shock-absorbers. Orion Drives are specified by the type of detonation used for propulsion.

Orion Drive Variations[edit]

  • The Orion-1 (O1-Drive) or "Fission Orion" utilizes fission or multistage fission-fusion detonators reacting against a massive pressure plate comprising approximately 10% of the ship's volume. A Fission Orion Drive produces significant radiation contamination as a byproduct of its operation. It is a TL8-standard propulsion system.
  • The Orion-2 (O2-Drive) or "Fusion Orion" utilizes a combination of nuclear dampers, induced fusion, and inertial compensators with a much smaller pressure plate to produce survivable thrust, with low to negligible radioactive contamination byproduct. It is a TL12-standard propulsion system.
  • The Orion-3 (O3-Drive) or "AM Orion" is a conjectural technology that is proposed to be the most advanced incarnation of the Orion Drive concept. It theoretically utilizes antimatter detonators, inertial compensators, and "ON-OFF" stasis fields in place of a pressure plate to produce survivable thrust, while producing no radiation or environmental damage. It is estimated to be approximately a TL21 propulsion system.
  • The Hybrid Orion-2bis (O2.5-Drive) is a prototype device, utilizing antimatter detonators or antimatter-catalyzed nuclear detonators, inertial compensators, and a small pressure plate (instead of the more advanced and hypothetical stasis field) to produce survivable thrust, while producing no radiation or environmental damage. It is estimated to be a TL18-standard propulsion system.

STL Drive Specifications[edit]

STL Drive Specifications (Starship Propulsion)
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Geometry TBD TBD
Levels TBD TBD
Entry TBD TBD
Exit TBD TBD
Fuel TBD TBD
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Inventor TBD TBD
Characteristics TBD TBD

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