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When Project Orion was first being considered in the 1950s, there were no legal restrictions in international law regarding exploding nuclear weapons in the atmosphere. Today however there are two main treaties that need to be considered, when contemplating the legality (in international law) of the system - both of which potentially limit the use of nuclear explosions, even for peaceful purposes, such as launching Orion.
Another issue that needs to be considered is whether nuclear explosions are necessary in order to develop Project Orion in the first place. In the 1960s, the scientists involved in the project wanted to utilize underground nuclear tests to develop some Orion components. Today however, this is probably unnecessary since the state of the art of computer simulation technologies has greatly advanced since that time.
The author of this article is not a lawyer, and this article is not intended as legal advice!
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