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Old 08-12-2011, 01:39 PM   #7
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Default Re: TL9 Spaceships

Originally Posted by wellspring View Post
2) Depends on the setting. The fission air ram of THS definitely has slightly radioactive exhaust. I think the same might go for fission, fusion and antimatter drives (including if they use ram-rockets). Enough that it would be a problem? Well, not for one ship, but if a planet has a fair amount of commerce then it might add up. It's also a psychological issue for people scared of radiation (which really is obviously very legit with an Orion) even when it's minor.
The big block to all nuclear and antimatter drives seems to be with accidental explosions and crashes rather than exhaust (since quite a few designs can have repetitively benign exhaust). I think you would need to have massive global political change to remove this.
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