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    Russia nuclear monitoring sites lost contact after mystery blast: report

    Russia nuclear monitoring sites lost contact after mystery blast: report | Fox News

    Two Russian nuclear monitoring stations—specifically designed to detect radiation— “went silent” in the days following an explosion of what many believe was a nuclear-powered missile earlier this month during tests at a remote base, a nuclear official said in an email Sunday.

    Lassina Zerbo, the head of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, toldThe Wall Street Journal in an email that two days after the explosion that the monitoring stations in Kirov and Dubna suffered “communication and network issues.”
    There have been reports that Russia has not been fully transparent about what occurred at a military base in the far northern Arkhangelsk region. The initial report from the country’s nuclear agency said that five workers were killed in a rocket engine explosion. The Guardian reported that radiation levels in Severodvinsk, a nearby city, increased 20 times above normal for about a half hour after the explosion.
    It has been reported that residents in the area have been stocking up on iodine, which helps reduce the effects of radiation exposure.
    Looks like the Russians are lying again. Something very very serious happened there.
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    Re: Russia nuclear monitoring sites lost contact after mystery blast: report

    Da. Some problem. Ideat unplug phone line. It happen. No radiation escape anywhere. Gas explosion caused by squirrel.

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    Re: Russia nuclear monitoring sites lost contact after mystery blast: report

    This sounds a lot like the cover-up of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster -- because it is. The circumstances of course are far different but the way the Russians downplay and keep everything secret is exactly as it has always been.

    What a mysterious explosion tells us about Russia's 'doomsday weapon' - CNN

    I've copied portions of this article;

    Jon Hawkes, associate director of land warfare at Jane's IHS Markit, said the system could work one of two ways. It could be an "air-breathing engine employing a small nuclear reactor core to heat incoming air that is expelled to generate thrust."
    Or it could be a "nuclear thermal rocket engine, where the nuclear core is used to heat a liquid fuel such as hydrogen before expelling it through a nozzle to produce thrust."

    Yet he added, "given the Russians are claiming unlimited range, then one would assume it has to be along the lines of the first option, as the hydrogen fuel device would have a limit to its range." The major problem with the 9M370, or SSC-X-9 Skyfall (as NATO calls it), is the exhaust. You can't use a nuclear reactor to power a rocket without likely creating a form of dirty bomb on wings.

    "This is a doomsday weapon really," said Dr Mark Galeotti, from Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies." It's not something that could be deployed in anything other than a full-scale nuclear war. It is a cruise missile that can stay in the air for a long time, but it is belching out radioactive plumes behind it."The US indeed had a similar program in the 1960s, called Project Pluto, which was abandoned as they concluded it was too dangerous at the time."[/snip]




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    Re: Russia nuclear monitoring sites lost contact after mystery blast: report

    The accident occurred at Nyonoksa, a Russian Navy proving ground on the northern White Sea. A satellite image of the area on the morning of the accident shows two unidentified ships (no AIS transmissions) anchored off the Navy research base, and also what could be a barge. In addition, there is the Russian ship "Serebryanka" to the north of these vessels. The Serebryanka is a nuclear fuel transport and can also be utilized to clean up radioactive liquids. This "accident" killed five of Russia's best nuclear researchers. Injured were wrapped in plastic were taken to a clinical hospital in Arkhangelsk, but no one in authority told the medical staff that they were dealing with a radiation incident. After one of the doctors was found to have cesium-137 in their muscle tissue, the hospital was closed and all 60 staff members were flown to Moscow for tests/treatment. Probably moved to Hospital №6 which is equipped to handle nuclear accident and radiation patients. Cesium-137 is a radioactive isotope of cesium which is formed as one of the more common byproducts of the nuclear fission of uranium-235 and other fissionable isotopes in nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. Before being moved to Moscow, the FSB required all evacuated hospital staff to sign a NDA. The Serebryanka remains within the closed test area.


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    Re: Russia nuclear monitoring sites lost contact after mystery blast: report

    I wonder if Peggy was manning that station.

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    Re: Russia nuclear monitoring sites lost contact after mystery blast: report

    Quote Originally Posted by HumblePi View Post
    This sounds a lot like the cover-up of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster -- because it is. The circumstances of course are far different but the way the Russians downplay and keep everything secret is exactly as it has always been.

    What a mysterious explosion tells us about Russia's 'doomsday weapon' - CNN

    I've copied portions of this article;

    Jon Hawkes, associate director of land warfare at Jane's IHS Markit, said the system could work one of two ways. It could be an "air-breathing engine employing a small nuclear reactor core to heat incoming air that is expelled to generate thrust."
    Or it could be a "nuclear thermal rocket engine, where the nuclear core is used to heat a liquid fuel such as hydrogen before expelling it through a nozzle to produce thrust."

    Yet he added, "given the Russians are claiming unlimited range, then one would assume it has to be along the lines of the first option, as the hydrogen fuel device would have a limit to its range." The major problem with the 9M370, or SSC-X-9 Skyfall (as NATO calls it), is the exhaust. You can't use a nuclear reactor to power a rocket without likely creating a form of dirty bomb on wings.

    "This is a doomsday weapon really," said Dr Mark Galeotti, from Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies." It's not something that could be deployed in anything other than a full-scale nuclear war. It is a cruise missile that can stay in the air for a long time, but it is belching out radioactive plumes behind it."The US indeed had a similar program in the 1960s, called Project Pluto, which was abandoned as they concluded it was too dangerous at the time."[/snip]
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