Vintage Nuclear Optimism

If the continued faith in and reliance on nuclear reactors for generating electricity and – at least in the US and Russia – powering submarines isn’t disturbing enough, just imagine how much worse things could have been, if certain engineers in the 1950s and 1960s had had their way.

Dark Roasted Blend, a site which collects all sorts of interesting images and objects from around the world, offers this gallery of plans and concept drawings for various nuclear powered vehicles and other civilian uses for nuclear power from the 1950s and 1960s. Another nuclear pipe dream from the same era is Project Orion, a spacecraft powered by exploding nuclear bombs. Both found via Jay Lake.

Now this is one future I could definitely live without.

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