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....US's most powerful nuclear bomb being dismantled

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) The last of the nation's most powerful nuclear bombs a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War.

The final components of the B53 bomb will be broken down Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, the nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility. The completion of the dismantling program is a year ahead of schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration

First put into service in 1962, when Cold War tensions peaked during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the B53 weighed 10,000 pounds and was the size of a minivan. According to the American Federation of Scientists, it was 600 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, at the end of World War II.

And most US citizen's complain about their nieghbor's clothes line, bein in plain site....
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Modern H-Bombs are based on the Teller-Ulam design.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teller%E2%80%93Ulam_design

With this design, one can attach as many stages as required to up the yield.
The only practical limit is the method of delivery. Quite a ingenious design.

The largest bomb ever detonated was "Czar Bomba" in Russia with a yield of 53 MT using a modified 3-stage Teller-Ulam design.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsar_Bomba

The original design goal was 100 MT, but was reduced due to fear of fallout.
Even then, the power of 53 MT was incredible, even by nuclear standards.
The ground impulse was measured at 7.1 Richter and this was an air burst which dissipated most of the energy into the air.

The most powerful US nuclear weapon was the MK 41 at 25 MT.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B41_nuclear_bomb

"Czar Bomba" was an impractical political statement, while the Mk 41 was a deliverable weapon system.

It was discovered early on that for surface targets, the use of multiple, more easily deliverable warheads surrounding a target, was more efficient than one large warhead.
The overall amount of area using smaller warheads was greater than one large one.

This is why, for instance, the single 1.2 MT warhead used on the Polaris A1 and A2, was replaced by three 200 KT warheads on the A3 that landed as a triangular group around a central point.
The three warheads together had greater destructive range than the one warhead.

After this, came the development of MIRV designs, where several groups of warheads could be carried and aimed by one missile was introduced in the early '70s.
An example of this is the photo below showing 8 warheads from a single missile.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pe...le-testing.jpg

After this, the MARV was developed that allowed each warhead the ability to steer and correct for drift and wind currents.

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That is just one of many....I hope Odumbo keeps out of this side of the business and just keeps to the teleprompter and photo ops.

Nice history Sub....nice summary.



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That is just one of many....I hope Odumbo keeps out of this side of the business and just keeps to the teleprompter and photo ops.

Nice history Sub....nice summary.
+1,000,000 he needs to stick to being a used car salesman!!!! No offense to any used car salesman!!
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I post this on other sites- I realize -I should have posted the article in it entired.
It reads like the script for "Space Cowboys". All engineers, designers have retired, or died. And the company dismantling this thing -are designing, and having to create tools to do the the work..
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I post this on other sites- I realize -I should have posted the article in it entired.
It reads like the script for "Space Cowboys". All engineers, designers have retired, or died. And the company dismantling this thing -are designing, and having to create tools to do the the work..
You mean they threw away the $4,000 1/4 left handed monkey wrench??



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I post this on other sites- I realize -I should have posted the article in it entired.
It reads like the script for "Space Cowboys". All engineers, designers have retired, or died. And the company dismantling this thing -are designing, and having to create tools to do the the work..
That's the way it works sometimes. The aerospace company I am working for just got a big contract to make some parts for some military aircraft. I'm working with drawings that were done in 1964, trying to get them into 3D cad/cam software. Pain in the ass to say the least.

For a reference, I'm 30 and that was over 25 years before I was born.



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That's the way it works sometimes. The aerospace company I am working for just got a big contract to make some parts for some military aircraft. I'm working with drawings that were done in 1964, trying to get them into 3D cad/cam software. Pain in the ass to say the least.

For a reference, I'm 30 and that was over 25 years before I was born.
Must be releasing aircraft upgrades like the cell phone industry....just a little upgrade to keep the tech heads happy.

I know they haven't went through all of that alien craft at Area 51 just yet



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You mean they threw away the $4,000 1/4 left handed monkey wrench??
True, But they did keep the $650 Chinese-made left-handed metric crescent hammers. Cadmium and melamine free supposedly.
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What, no need for the inverted 9/16" adjustable? Talk about planned obsolescence

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