engineering nuclear standoff report

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William Speight Mitigation by a Stand-off Nuclear Detonation With the incoming threat of a relatively large monolithic asteroid (6.50 E 11 kg), stand-off nuclear detonation is a very reasonable mitigation option. However, due to the possible safety hazards and political issues associated with a nuclear detonation, this option would be enacted after a failed first mission that was safer and less effective. Stand-off nuclear detonation is based on Newton’s first principle (every action has an equal and opposite reaction). Yet, this particular option also relies on other aspects dealing with nuclear detonation. The energy deflecting or altering the course of an asteroid is primarily due to the protons and x-rays given off by the detonation. With the density of 2000 kg/m 3 , the energy absorption from the spalling and evaporation of the surface will produce an impulse. 1 Even though the size of the asteroid will decrease, due to the evaporation of the outer
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