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How I Dismantled the World's Deadliest Weapon


Science & Tech  (tags: Atomic weapons, computers, concept, design, discovery, investigation, NewTechnology, research, science, scientists, society, study, technology )

Kit
- 1031 days ago - discovermagazine.com
In October Sandia National Laboratories engineer Phil Hoover dismantled the U.S. arsenal's last B53, a 9-megaton bomb 600 times as powerful as the one dropped on Hiroshima. Hoover talked to DISCOVER about taking apart America's most powerful weapon.



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Kit B. (276)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 2:19 pm

The B53 was big and heavy, about the size of a minivan and 10,000 pounds. We needed 130 engineers and scientists from across the nuclear weapons enterprise to take it apart. Even though the B53 was designed to be rather easily disassembled, it still took us about two weeks per bomb.

All of the nuclear explosive disassembly was done in one well-lit, clean, and orderly room large enough to hold a Volkswagen van. We wore cover­alls, safety glasses, gloves, safety shoes, and dosimeters to track radiation exposure. Typically three or four people at a time actually did the work. There wasn’t much small talk—the operation required focus.
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by Phil Hoover, as told to Michael Rosenwald; 
illustration by Zina Saunders
For Discover magazine

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. (0)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 3:09 pm
The fact that such a weapon is being dismantled is great news but it doesn't mean that the world is safer than it used to be, it is simply that the threat has changed.
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 3:14 pm

Well...yeah. His story is not that HE dismantled all Nukes only those that he was cleared for and asked to apply his knowledge in ridding us of these few. However, as the US stands today, our NUKES are far more deadly then those he tackled and yet, if it can be built then it can also be UN-built.
 

Jenny Dooley (830)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 5:00 pm
Thank you Kit. This is a great post.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 7:03 pm
Thank you.
 

William K. (308)
Thursday February 23, 2012, 8:17 pm
Interesting story. Glad one of the bombs has been defused.
 

Anne S. (25)
Friday February 24, 2012, 1:54 am
NOTED. Wish there were NONE in the world. Aside: Thinking of nuclear ...They are going to build a NEW Nuclear Reactor HERE in the USA. I believe it is Southern [Industries? Company? something.] that is going to do the work. The plans were NOT approved by the head of the NRC [I think that is the group] because its design does NOT take into consideration what HAPPENED in JAPAN. However, it got voted in ANYWAY.
Just a thought to let you all know.
 

Anne S. (25)
Friday February 24, 2012, 1:56 am

MY MESSAGE GOT CUT OFF. Last part:
me
 

Anne S. (25)
Friday February 24, 2012, 1:57 am
happened again. cut-off::::Shaking my head in dismay
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Friday February 24, 2012, 2:09 am
Thanks.
 

patricia lasek (317)
Friday February 24, 2012, 6:42 am
This has to be one of the world's most dangerous jobs. At least he's dismantling them now instead of building them I would think it would be more rewarding work.

Ah, the day when we all have no more nuclear weapons and there is Peace on Earth.
 

Bob P. (424)
Friday February 24, 2012, 12:17 pm
thanks Kit for sharing
 

Brad Kraus (6)
Friday February 24, 2012, 1:15 pm
Great news. Hopefully we can continue dismantling more. Thanks for posting.
 

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Friday February 24, 2012, 1:38 pm
Deadlier than stupidity?
 

Carmen S. (616)
Friday February 24, 2012, 2:29 pm
thanks Kit, glad to hear that this is being done and hope this work continues
 

Kishore Amma (3)
Friday February 24, 2012, 2:55 pm
The fact that such a weapon is being dismantled is great news but it doesn't mean that send green star | flag as inappropriate
the world is safer than it used to be, it is simply that the threat has changed.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Friday February 24, 2012, 5:06 pm
Well, that's some good news....guess one at a time is better than nothing. PEACE BUILDS. WAR DESTROYS.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 24, 2012, 8:25 pm
Long journeys begin with a single step.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 9:36 am
Noted.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 1:33 pm
The world's deadliest weapon is not a nuclear bomb. The deadliest weapons is the greedy self serving people that can allow global warming, war, starvation and ignorance. This will kill more people than any bomb.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 2:12 pm
Hey, any of the guys who cleaned up SL-1 in Idaho still around? We need them to take care of Fukushima... Kudos for presenting guys who take care of obsolete bombs in a safe manner. I learned nuclear power in a submarine in the 70s. It can be some awesome stuff - in so many ways!
 

Thomas Lee B. (1)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 4:56 pm
I thought the biggest bomb was the Russian "Tsara Bomba," rated at 50 to 60 megatons. I haven't heard of those being disassembled.
 

Gloria Morotti (14)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 6:18 pm
Thanks for the information.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday February 25, 2012, 11:21 pm
Thanks again Kit.
 

. (0)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 7:51 am
Noted, thanks.
 

monka blanke (82)
Monday February 27, 2012, 2:55 pm
Thanks Kit.
 

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Monday March 19, 2012, 5:46 pm
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Monday March 19, 2012, 5:46 pm
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