Top Secret Russian Nuclear Engine Explodes During Testing

We first had some clues about this on Thursday when civilian radiation monitoring systems alerted people about a rise in background radiation, but later an accident was confirmed by the Russian Defence Ministry and Rosatom. However the information released via official channels is limited, but there's some other clues that have been compiled by experts in the subject.
The best source for reliable updates is Jeffrey Lewis and his collborators, I suggest following him and his blog.



  • Is that a Kerman in the back

    CL4P-T PCL4P-T PGün önce
  • need more on this scott. theyve done an incredible job of keeping this quiet the russians

    Woody WoodlsteinWoody Woodlstein24 gün önce
  • This video has more good information and explanations here than anything on the news about Putin's announcement - of course.

    radiosandraygunsradiosandrayguns26 gün önce
  • So that's what happened! Roger RamJet Proton Energy Pills! A Lot more Transparency than Here.

    paradigm respawnparadigm respawnAylar önce
  • If someone had a new design never seen before for a safe high thrust ion engine who would be the most interested in it? Who should be contacted?

    stagethree1stagethree1Aylar önce
  • 01:56 Berevesetnik it called.

    mr Truthmr TruthAylar önce
  • Russian name is "Burevestnik" (petrel).

    LandWalkerLandWalkerAylar önce
  • Don't worry it's only 3.6 rotegens not great not terrible

    Ryan HopfRyan Hopf2 aylar önce
  • Love his outro- song! Does anyone have a longer version?

    Nebukadneza RNebukadneza R2 aylar önce
  • Please stop saying "that being said". Its not proper english and makes you seem uneducated. If you must use this intended meaning you have several options which would be proper. 1. "With that said" 2. "after having said that" Cheers!

    G SG S3 aylar önce
  • haven't the russians learned anything? they keep jacking around with neuclear stuff and it blows up in their faces.

    Jeff FradshamJeff Fradsham3 aylar önce
  • You forgot to mention that it’s illegal to test nuclear rocket systems according to salt II treaty

    Timmy DTimmy D3 aylar önce
  • Can't we all just get along!?

    Mr. DiazMr. Diaz3 aylar önce

    Gadolini RutherfordiumGadolini Rutherfordium3 aylar önce
  • That intro....

    Eek RatsEek Rats3 aylar önce
  • You ever think it's not top secret if it's on TRvision doesn't make any sense for it to be top secret if it's on fucking TRvision

    Brad BinionBrad Binion4 aylar önce
    • Knowing that something exists is not the same as knowing every single detail of a secret project.

      Scott ManleyScott Manley4 aylar önce
  • Come on guys! You should know, combine these words and the outcome is the same every time: new, russian, propulsion. Could be rockets, torpedoes, assflame...they keep testing systems the west knows don't work. They just don't mind killing experimental lab employees...I guess those words could also be Russian and nuclear. How does it work you ask? It doesn't.

    Chris BusenkellChris Busenkell4 aylar önce
  • @.

    Robert BirrellRobert Birrell4 aylar önce
  • 1965 US: "We had built the ultimate doomsday machine, but we decided to cancel the project because it was too dangerous." 2019 Russia: "Hold our Vodka."

    Jacob ZondagJacob Zondag4 aylar önce
  • I remember reading a novel about WW3 having destroyed most of the human civilization. But autonomous flying nuclear (and biologic) bomb were still hovering about the place, dropping out of the sky so now and then... sounds like the same kind of appliance to me.

    Jacob ZondagJacob Zondag4 aylar önce
  • Hydrogen is usually involved and very dangerous........

    Bob JonesBob Jones4 aylar önce
  • good video and informative !

    viralshieldviralshield4 aylar önce
  • Nuclear suprise mechanics.

    Simmy SimsSimmy Sims4 aylar önce
  • The Russian attitude towards Nuclear is reckless. I swear one day it's going to lead to something terrible.

    Hieronymous LexHieronymous Lex4 aylar önce
  • Waiting for the Hypersonic weapons roll out!!!!!

    rolf stamenovrolf stamenov4 aylar önce
  • Intro. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Vocalpro InternationalVocalpro International4 aylar önce
  • Secret nuclear yeet

    charlie frost the firstcharlie frost the first4 aylar önce
  • The Russian politicians have never cared for the environment so a few disasters with their Nuclear engine is nothing for them to worry their heads about. If it kills a few thousand Russians or pollutes huge areas of Russia so what, they have been doing it for the last 70 odd years. Lake Baikal is one of their great environmental success stories.

    David ShawDavid Shaw4 aylar önce
  • How would a Nuclear Rocket be propelled without spewing Radio Active Smoooo trailing behind it ? What would it use as mass to push it's self ?

    pulesjetpulesjet4 aylar önce
  • If they cant handle that shit they should stop playing to be bad asses ..they going to burn themself

    Wisdom NightWisdom Night4 aylar önce
  • *Or perhaps it's just Russian propaganda~*

    SquishBangBlowSquishBangBlow4 aylar önce
  • While the Americans fly into space in a dream, on a member of their neighbor ... Russia is trying to make a universal nuclear engine.

    Alexandr NoskovAlexandr Noskov4 aylar önce
  • An RTG makes no sense really, since there were reports that a diver working on the barge got a dose of 30000 gray, which is 50 times the "guaranteed fatal dose within 14 days". In HBO Chernobyl terms, this is the dose a Liquidator would have received if he worked on the "Marsha" roof for multiple hours. The diver died mere hours later on the way to Moscow with no other injuries, which seems consistent with such a dose. With limited information, the only plausible explanation is a criticality event imo. Which means it was a reactor.

    SangsungMeansToComeSangsungMeansToCome4 aylar önce
  • "Hey, we built a FLOATING NUCLEAR REACTOR plant." *accidentally blows up some radioactive missiles*

    Butter JohnsonButter Johnson4 aylar önce
  • We need some laws in place banning ALL governments from screwing around with nuclear weapons of any kind!

    Murray LewisMurray Lewis4 aylar önce
  • America did develop a nuclear powered Cruz missile called a SLAM missile, but they thought production of it would force the USSR to develop one and cause WWIII so they decided not to

    killbane184killbane1844 aylar önce
  • bs try again with an SMR reactor

    Christopher LieblerChristopher Liebler4 aylar önce
  • But I don't see a benefit. I you're talking about SSTO you're not talking about a speed advantage in a thin atmosphere, and if you're considering low altitude, the problem isn't propulsion, it's the construction properties of the weapon.

    Bill SmithBill Smith4 aylar önce
  • Uranium One deal comes to mind.

    SkashoonSkashoon4 aylar önce
  • Top secret? Nuclear reactor as an engine, unlimited range.

    Little TimmyLittle Timmy4 aylar önce
  • So top secret we all know about it. 🤔

    person 666person 6664 aylar önce
  • They don't gotta film Chernobyl sequel Live Action, some small reactor probably melted down.

    Nick ENick E4 aylar önce
  • Controlled micro fusion reactors... Nuclear fusion needs new concepts.... Very cold temperatures.... To fuse nuclei... The relative velocity between nuclei and their spin States provide opportunities for fusion.... Temperature means relative velocity between nuclei... Here is the yin way for cold fusion...

    Radha KrishnaRadha Krishna4 aylar önce
  • The World: " What !! " Russia: (pours Vodka) " ....pfff." " only Sky-Nyet. "

    Dr. of Dubious WisdomDr. of Dubious Wisdom4 aylar önce
  • Russia desperately needs adult supervision.

    Dr. KnowDr. Know4 aylar önce
  • In Soviet Russia nuclear rocket aimed at USA kills Russians.

    Qasem Soleimanis's GhostQasem Soleimanis's Ghost4 aylar önce
  • This is stupid video

    Emmanuel HitilashaEmmanuel Hitilasha4 aylar önce
  • The speck on the wall made me think my screen was dirty, lol

    Matthew KemptonMatthew Kempton4 aylar önce
  • Hillary funded that explosion. Take a bow

    Lightnin McKingLightnin McKing4 aylar önce
  • I haven't heard anything about this all month until just now while I was browsing Business Insider articles.

    Mik MoenMik Moen4 aylar önce
  • ... apparently not.

    Are we not entertained?Are we not entertained?4 aylar önce
  • This is an arms control nightmare in the making. No matter what this weapon, even if loaded with conventional explosives, will be a dirty bomb at its impact point.

    Phil GiglioPhil Giglio4 aylar önce
  • How about if it was a conventional propultion system with propellant being enriched with some radioactive compounds like Cesium or Strontium to absorb and dissipate radar waves on the exhausts fumes? To me it looks like a new stealth rocket, hmm?

    Wojtek SzywalskiWojtek Szywalski4 aylar önce
  • Russia just endangered thw world

    Analog DigitalAnalog Digital4 aylar önce
  • This is probably mentioned somewhere here, but I did see a headline recently that said that the radiation released was consistent with a "nuclear reactor". Would love to see Scott's revised take with that new info, as I am sure it will influence his thesis one way or another.

    T HallT Hall4 aylar önce
  • Liquid rocket is needed at the start

    Юрий АлтунинЮрий Алтунин5 aylar önce
  • for fuck's sake Sergeï , I told you not to smoke near the big firecracker.

    milou80milou805 aylar önce
  • Since 1958 USA has made a successful nuke engine.. 75k output

    Dr. Paul Plumbing HeatingDr. Paul Plumbing Heating5 aylar önce
  • Top secret weapon? 0 belief. Major screw up 110% believable...

    SparksAt NiteSparksAt Nite5 aylar önce
  • If Russia was smart, or just a compete parasite, they would of said they were attacked or sabotaged by Palestine or Iran just like Israel does. Never waste a good accident.

    Christs RevengeChrists Revenge5 aylar önce
  • Comrades, nothing is wrong. Everything is Strongly normal. Go back to your homes, or you will be arrested and shot.

    JoeJoe5 aylar önce
  • They might have try to use a water driven Steam thruster to get the rocket to altitude and cruise velocity. My guess comparing jet aircraft at takeoff thrust and cruise thrust they would need 6 times more power than cruising. For a small reactor it would mean approaching prompt supercriticality, which for new fuel is not as much a problem as nearly spent fuel which is high in radioisotopic decay heat, the problem is nuclear reactions do not slow quickly, and if the reaction began to runaway, all the water would simply flash with some small percentage being blown in the shock wave. The satellite based reactors were only 10kw, nowhere near the power required to run a jet. We are talking something much bigger that would need regulator coolant in addition to forced cooling. This is not like a ship that has the ocean with a heat sink....Though nuclear powered icebreaker itself is a troubling technology. The lesson of Chernobyl is two fold. First, keeping something new really secret has the disadvantage of denying experienced professionals analysis of the risk, for instance how risky is it to have graphite rods at the bottom of the control rods. The second is that cutting corners on nuclear safety, for whatever reason eventually backfires. . . Like ending the Soviet state. Putin is trying to relive a failed past.

    Ray OshimaRay Oshima5 aylar önce
  • And they want us to worry about the climate.

    SKY RocketSKY Rocket5 aylar önce
  • the technology of using nuclear reactors as a rocket propellant is at least 40 years old. you take liquid fuel say hydrogen cooled down to like -240 degrees. the reactor heats it and makes it boil. then it expands -> shooting out of the engine nozzle -> which generates thrust. it's seriously considered as a more efficient alternative to normal rockets - as nuclear would have more efficiency so they would fly faster and further in space. No one is crazy enough to use it on earth tho - contamination hazard is way too high. Well, you can imagine that hydrogen shooting out of the nozzle is very much flammable, once it mixes with the air. So there is a good chance of explosion if you're not careful. And that's probably what happened.

    Michał ZającMichał Zając5 aylar önce
    • I understand what you're saying and you're probably correct. However I was under the impression after watching the news reports (how accurate is that?) that the engine would act more as a scramjet, using nothing more than air to propel it. The heat from the reactor would highly excite the air intake thus giving thrust. At least that's the animation they showed. Thanks for the knowledge, I certainly appreciate it.

      Rondo HunterRondo Hunter5 aylar önce
  • I think you are all missing the facts that this "explosion" revealed. Putin is creating / has created "dirty bombs" that can reach any target on the planet. Terrorists create dirty bombs ! In creating "dirty bombs" Putin has turned Russia and the Russians into terrorists ! Russian scientists / military are OK with it ! The general public have yet to realise the full ramifications.

    Alasdair BlackmoreAlasdair Blackmore5 aylar önce
  • When countries become superpowers their military always goes insane.

    jimmy wranglesjimmy wrangles5 aylar önce
  • The test failed... sound like the rocket was a piece of sh!t.

    Fixer UpperFixer Upper5 aylar önce
  • Do you know how an RBMK reactor explodes, comrade? LIES!!!

    XwingMechanicXwingMechanic5 aylar önce
  • Fly safe! 🍷

    Grigory ButeykoGrigory Buteyko5 aylar önce
  • Africa tried to develop a two story hut and it too is on fire.

    Tom MeyersTom Meyers5 aylar önce
Top Secret Russian Nuclear Engine Explodes During Testing