God help us; we’re in the hands of engineers!
The marvelous thing about really stupid ideas is that they never seem to die. They just morph into something even more insane. For example, the use of nuclear power for airplanes. This was considered in the- shall we say- ‘less aware’ days of the 50s. And dropped even then, for military aircraft. This modern buffoon wants to look at it for use for the risk-adverse civilian population. You’d think the current researchers would take note of this passage:
Each flight was accompanied by an aircraft packed with marines ready to respond to a crash by parachuting down and securing the area.
At least the airplane crash victims would be guaranteed a long-term memorial; acres and acres of a no-go dead zone.
The researcher Ian Poll is probably a descendant of the designer of the Davy Crockett nuclear weapon and it’s mating with the 155mm recoiless rifle launcher, shown below. No weapon known to man oozes more design buffoonery than this thing. The first instruction was for the launch team to dig a trench to jump into after they fired this short-ranged highly inaccurate nuclear mortar. It also probably saved time required to bury said launch team, since nobody would want to be in the area for any length of time.