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Will Russian Inflatable Domes Replace Missile Defense Systems?

Russian-American scientist and inventor, Alexander Botkin, wrote a paper entitled, “A Cheap Method for Shielding a City from Rocket and Nuclear Warhead Impacts.” In it he describes the proposed solution to protecting densely populated cities from nuclear, chemical and biological bombs delivered by warheads, strategic missiles and rockets as a cheap, closed AB-Dome. He claims the AB-Dome is also useful in peacetime because it regulates the internal climate by shielding the city from exterior weather.

 

 

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of this unique proposal is the idea of utilizing "stones" to defeat thermonuclear warheads. To quote Botkin exactly:


“For increasing protection, the AB-Dome cover may be armored with selected strong stones (for example, pebbles, rock flakes, pieces of concrete, and other cheap and available materials), having mass 0.1 – 1 kg.”

Botkin’s approach is simple, cheap and practical, three factors difficult to combat. His thin film inflatable domes would destroy the missile’s warhead before it has a chance to detonate upon impact with the dome. If the missile should detonate outside the dome, the air blast and heat radiation would be reduced by a factor of 10 to 1000. The addition of a second inner dome inside the outer dome reduces the air blast and radiation by even more.

Does Botkin have the right idea?

Who’s to say?


I for one, would rather not test it.

M Dee Dubroff
Fashion and Technology Blogger
InventorSpot.com

Comments
Nov 13, 2008
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
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 it's a bit reminiscent of

 it's a bit reminiscent of the bubble boy, wouldn't you say?

Interesting and frightening all at once! 

Beth Hodgson
Innovative Business Writer

Nov 13, 2008
by Anonymous

Huh?

Who wants to live in a dome?

Nov 13, 2008
by M Dee Dubroff
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inflatable dome

Hi Beth,

Thanks for our comment.

You raise an interesting point 

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations

Nov 13, 2008
by M Dee Dubroff
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Dome

 Thansk for your comment.

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations

Nov 14, 2008
by Anonymous

Easily Defeated

There are already warheads on U.S. and Russian ballistic missiles designed to penetrate the ground a significant distance before they explode (take out hardened targets). It would be a simple matter to make warheads sturdy enough to penetrate two thin domes.

Also, if the warhead exploded inside the dome, the dome would probably do a wonderful job of concentrating the explosion on the people in the dome. This might actually increase the casualty rate. I'm not saying it will, but it's not improbable.

Another trick would be to include a very small warhead way ahead of the main warhead. The small warhead detonates on the domes, destroying them. The main warhead then sails right through a few minutes later.

These domes would be useless.

Nov 14, 2008
by M Dee Dubroff
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domes

Thank you for your thoughts.

 

 

Yours in Words,

M Dee Dubroff

Russian Innovations