Two people are killed in explosion at Russian missile testing site - just in.

gregmcc

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-12/russian-says-small-nuclear-reactor-blew-up-in-deadly-accident

The failed missile test that ended in an explosion killing five atomic scientists last week on Russia’s White Sea involved a small nuclear power source, according to a top official at the institute where they worked.


The men “tragically died while testing a new special device,” Alexei Likhachev, the chief executive officer of state nuclear monopoly Rosatom, said at their funeral Monday in Sarov, a high-security city devoted to atomic research less than 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Moscow where the institute is based.
"A new special device"? What are the Russians up to now?!
 

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I didn't post the link earlier, because I thought it was obvious, and not really secret: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9M730_Burevestnik
The 9M730 Burevestnik (Russian: Буревестник; "Petrel", NATO reporting name: SSC-X-9 Skyfall) is a Russian experimental nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed cruise missile under development for the Russian Armed Forces. The missile is claimed to have virtually unlimited range.

The Burevestnik is one of the six new Russian strategic weapons unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 1 March 2018.
 

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I didn't post the link earlier, because I thought it was obvious, and not really secret: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9M730_Burevestnik
Yes.

The USA had a project on this back in the 1960's. They cancelled it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pluto

At the end of the day, you basically end up with a missile spreading radiation over the area it flies. I guess though if you are engaging in Nuclear war, having a missile spread radiation over the area it flies over, isn't as much of a big issue as the fallout from several nuclear explosions.
 

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Russia have been on a roll this last few weeks. Mistakes galore, really embarrasing for them ruskies.
 

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"Two people are killed in explosion at Russian missile testing site - just in."

right in time for a sequel to HBO's Chernobyl
 

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More evidence of coverups and/or incompetence: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49432681
The hospital staff kept treating the victims despite knowing about the radiation dose. The staff had to improvise some self-protection - for example, they took face masks from the helicopter crews' emergency kit.

The next day the three victims were transferred to a hospital in Moscow which has radiation specialists. Their condition now is unknown.

A military team later carried out decontamination work in the Arkhangelsk hospital.

The medics said the casualties' clothing was removed, along with stretchers and a "highly radioactive bath".
On Monday an international nuclear agency reported that the two Russian radiation monitoring stations nearest to Nyonoksa had gone offline soon after the explosion. The revelation fuelled suspicions that the radiation could have been heavier than officially reported.

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said the technical failure at those sites was then followed by a failure at two more. It tweeted an animation showing the potential radiation plume from the explosion.

Russia said the weapons test was none of the CTBTO's business, and added that handing over radiation data was voluntary. Two of the monitoring stations have since started working again.
 
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