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December 3, 2014

For a Brief Inglorious Moment, the U.S. Navy Had a Nuclear-Powered Wetsuit

In 1968 the AEC and its contractors developed a nuclear-powered wetsuit.
A small canister containing nearly a kilogram of plutonium-238 heated water through a heat exchanger. A battery-powered pump circulated through lots of tubes within a longjohn-like undergarment worn under a wetsuit.Engineers built and tested a prototype, but without enough Pu-238 for a full-up trial.
— War Is Boring — Medium

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 3, 2014 8:13 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I think I'll stick with peeing in the wetsuit.

Posted by: butch [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 4, 2014 5:01 AM

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