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‘Rods from God’: Why Mach 5 Hypersonic Tugeston Bombs Were Never Dropped

"Among the reasons the science fiction-esque idea literally never made it off the ground was thanks to cost.

Getting bundles of telephone pole-sized tungsten rods—1.7 time denser than lead—would require rockets of a massive scale that would have been prohibitively expensive.

  • Caleb Larson
  • The National Interest

So much for this far-out idea.”

Normally bombers drop explosive ordnance onto targets: conventional or nuclear.

These two payloads, as detailed below, however, were neither—though that didn’t make them any…

Rods from God

The Outer Space Treaty, a United Nations treaty ratified in the…

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