- Mar 31, 2012
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Nuclear pulse propulsion.
4000 tons = 80 T-90 tanks. You'd need over 100 Orions to achieve ground superiosity.
But I have another idea: the venerable Space Shuttle.
The prerequisite is that we have already taken out Venusian in-space and ABM capabilities.
We take the Shuttle, load it with nukes and send to Venus. The Shuttle then performs re-entry and starts dropping nukes while still in the hypersonic or supersonic flight -- the idea here is that it is above the range of Venusian air force, which makes it very difficult to kill. At the same time, it is maneuverable (as opposed to a satellite platform) and can probably fly around the planet with careful planning (think Silbervogel) -- which makes it quite flexible. With enough Shuttles, we could probably destroy most Venusian
assets on the ground.
Then we launch ground invasion forces on Orions.
And once we try to enter the cities, we are dragged into a planet-wide Fallujah (or Stalingrad) :facepalm:
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Since I know of no way to land an Orion, you also need some sort of landing modules to get your troops through that last 100 miles or so to the surface.
If we're going in armored vehicles (tanks/APCs), that's quite easy. Orion takes us to Venus orbit, and then releases the tanks. Each tank is equipped with an attitude control system, solid rocket motors, ablative shield and parachutes. Once clear of Orion, each tank fires its SRMs retrograde, aerobrakes and lands on a parachute.