Russian Mobile Nuclear Reactors

Yeah...when I was growing up we had the ice cream truck, book mobile and mosquito spraying truck.

The Russians kids chased the local Mobile Nuclear Reactor down the street.

Well, maybe not, but once again...only the Russians.

http://englishrussia.com/?p=2355#more-2355

Comments

  • I suppose they started off trying to come up with an automobile that ran all by itself and ended up with this.

    Those Ruskis are all strange folk....
  • I'm starting to be disinclined to believe that anyone else than the Russians can come up with something like that. Although I'm _sure_ the Americans have some crazy science well hidden somewhere!
  • Makes sense, in a perverse sort of way. You want to provide electricity to communities and military/research facilities in northern Siberia, but the weather's so bad that you can't really run any decent roads or rail lines to resupply these places with coal and oil, and there's not enough people living there to justify building a pipeline. Hence, the nuclear truck.

    And the nuclear lighthouse.
  • Yeah...when I was growing up we had the ice cream truck, book mobile and mosquito spraying truck.

    The Russians kids chased the local Mobile Nuclear Reactor down the street.

    Well, maybe not, but once again...only the Russians.

    http://englishrussia.com/?p=2355#more-2355
    *Snork* that was funny...and an awesome link!
  • Experimental atomic aircraft engines from a Northrop project HTRE.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Aircraft_Reactors_Arco_ID_2009.jpg
  • As for those Russian projects, I did some studies when I worked at the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority years ago.

    The lighthouses are not nuclear, but radioactive. Their power is generated by radioactive decay in strontium (IIRC), not by nuclear fission of plutonium. However, the powerplant in question is a hazardous device that can injure vareless handlers badly.

    I have not read about the nuclear trucks before. But I wrote a small paper on current Russian plans to make floating nuclear powerplants, based on submarine reactor designs, and place them in the ports of Arctic cities to provide electricity. The main worry is the poor safety record of these reactor models.
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