Project Pluto/Putin (Project Plutin?)

News that Russia is developing a nuclear-powered cruise missile will send aerospace buffs to the history stacks to peruse Project Pluto, a wacky 1950’s U.S. Air Force project that epitomized Cold War technology mania.  About $2 billion in today’s dollars swirled down the drain before it was cancelled in 1964. No doubt such contraptions would be a bit smaller now than the locomotive-sized behemoth of golden olden days, but the drawbacks then–such as the prospect of a radiation mother lode loitering in the skies–will still raise eyebrows, if not hackles. Will this be enough to bring back JLENS? Stay tuned.

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