Nuclear weapons and Asgardia ¶
By: Valery Grancher(Asgardian, Candidate) on 22 January 2017, 4:47 a.m.
As you may know, Asgardia is planning to have nuclear weapons to protect Earth our mother planet from asteroids impact and cataclysms...
Let's first evaluate the statistic risk of this event, and the Pertinence of this strategy and its geopolitic consequences...
1- The statistic risk:
Impactors of 50 m, capable of provoking events of the Tunguska, Greenland or Meteor Crater type, occur with an average frequency of one or two per century. Every 1,000 years on average, an asteroid of 100 m strikes the Earth releasing an energy equivalent to 100 megatonnes.
Every 300,000 years or so, the Earth suffers a collision with a kilometer-sized asteroid. At a typical speed of 25 km / s, the energy released is equivalent to that of a bomb of 100,000 megatonnes (greater than the total nuclear arsenal world), and the crater created can reach 20 km in diameter.
The average impact frequency with an asteroid or comet of 10 km is of the order of 1 every 100 million years. Recall that this is the critical size from which the volume of dust injected into the Earth's atmosphere is capable of plunging the planet into a long asteroidal winter and causing mass extinctions.
As you can see we have a risk on 300 000 years or 100 Million years... Quite low !
2- The pertinence of this strategy:
The strategy chosen by Asgardia is to blow nuclear weapons closed to the asteroids to deviate their trajectory. As you may know every asteroid is very different regarding its composition and friability as meteorites ! So if you're blowing a nuclear weapon closed to them, you may make them exploding and generating severals radio actives big and small fragments which fall on Earth on wilder and larger surface than the asteroid itself. And the consequences on Earth may be worst if you're adding the nuclear contaminated fragments. We know that NASA is thinking on different solutions about these kind of events as different space agencies around the world. The nuclear weapons strategy has been abandoned by them for the profit of the propellants solutions: The principle is very simple, it's consisting in fixing very powerful propellant to the surface of the asteroid to deviate its trajectory as it would be a space vessel... Considering the void of space and the low gravity, you don't need so much energy to deviate on this way the asteroid. Like a small tug is pulling a huge oil tanker in a harbour ! Regarding these informations, we may see that the choose of nuclear weapons is not exactly the best solution
3- The Geopolitic consequences:
As everybody know we have closed to 9 countries who have nuclear weapons on Earth. From the cold war time, we know how it was deeply difficult to maintain a balance on this issue to warrant peace on our Planet. Asgardia is not yet a nation, it's a private company for instance who want to transform itself as a nation by validating its project at the United Nation. Can you imagine the reaction of the different countries when they will see that this nation project want to own nuclear weapons ? Do you seriously think that they will allow it ? If I'm saying that it's regarding our recent history. Let's remind the eighties, when USA wanted to install on orbit nuclear weapons as Russia. They were challenging to do that for one reason that is the one who's owning the nuclear fire in the sky is becoming the master of our World. How does it end ? It has ended by a common agreement in between the 2 biggest power in the world USA and Russia to do not jump in this kind of strategy and to do not develop these kind of weapons to warrant Earth from a Global nuclear destruction ! And now Asgardia may ask under the safety of Earth the use on Earth orbit these kind of weapons ?
So when we know all of that, and I'm sharing this because this is a main issue for our young nation, do you think that for a peaceful country as us, the use of nuclear weapons is necessary ? This is an important question we may ask to the officials because the use of this kind of technology may have a huge geopolitic impact and a huge safety impact for planet Earth. So what is behind the choice of using this kind of weapons ?
Mod Edit Moved from General Discussion to Military and Security Zahira, 22/01/2017
Last edited by: Zahira (Asgardian, Global Admin) on 22 January 2017, 6:11 p.m., edited 2 times in total.