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.



  • Revisiting this one due to today's news

    bimblinghillbimblinghill16 gün önce
  • To think Ivan is still trying to make small nuclear reactors, while we have 11 nuclear powered supercarriers, have put a nuclear powered Rover on Mars, and have minors creating fusion reactors in their basement. Im honestly curious what their top minds have been doing all these years. Still polluting thats for sure

    Michael JohnsonbaughMichael JohnsonbaughAylar önce
  • What does Scott do for a job?

    Ser Garlan TyrellSer Garlan TyrellAylar önce
  • Ivan: hey Dmitri, nuke rocket explode Dmitri: I dont see, must be cold war flashback Putin: yes send him to rubbor room he seeing stoff

    ŁucidŁucid2 aylar önce
  • Any thoughts on whether the chinese hypersonic reentry vehicle that they have touted in media might well be a project Pluto style device?

    Stan BurtonStan Burton2 aylar önce

    Corrine TsangCorrine Tsang3 aylar önce
  • A tragic day for Russia . Big mistake for Putin . Putin announced to the world 6 new deadly game changing weapons . Putin asked if the west could hear him now ? Since that day the US has equipped the Ohio Class with Mach 24 tactical nuclear warheads in the trident II D5 . The W76-2 . Vs the Novator ISKANDA M Currently completed several successful tests of a hypersonic glide vehicle . Vs the Avanguard Completed several successful ScramJet B52H hypersonic Missile launches with deployment eminent vs the Kinzhal . Equipped the F22S in an alpha strike group with the new B61-12 Nuclear Bomb. Vs the RS-28 Sarmat Ordered 9 Virginia Class Block IV Attack Subs with 64 Cruise Missiles vs the Borei II sub Tested a ground launched Tomahawk Tested an Anti Ship version of the Tomahawk Upgraded the SM 6 to a long range Mach 3 anti ship missile for the Zumwalt Class Destroyer . Vs the Zircon Upgraded completely the Patriot III Air defense System tested with a 100% kill rate fired in pairs . Vs the S300M Deploying 100 F15X’s vs the 6 new TU-160M Deploying 200 B21 raiders to counter the S400 ADAD regiments guarding the motherland . Developing soon to deploy the global strike missile vs the Russian SLAM . The US is just getting started .

    lastgleeminglastgleeming3 aylar önce
  • Is that a Kerman in the back

  • need more on this scott. theyve done an incredible job of keeping this quiet the russians

    Woody WoodlsteinWoody Woodlstein6 aylar önce
  • So that's what happened! Roger RamJet Proton Energy Pills! A Lot more Transparency than Here.

    paradigm respawnparadigm respawn7 aylar 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?

    ARC FURYARC FURY7 aylar önce
  • 01:56 Berevesetnik it called.

    mr Truthmr Truth7 aylar önce
  • Russian name is "Burevestnik" (petrel).

    LandWalkerLandWalker7 aylar önce
  • Don't worry it's only 3.6 rotegens not great not terrible

    Ryan HopfRyan Hopf7 aylar önce
  • Love his outro- song! Does anyone have a longer version?

    Nebukadneza RNebukadneza R8 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 S8 aylar önce
  • haven't the russians learned anything? they keep jacking around with neuclear stuff and it blows up in their faces.

    Jeff FradshamJeff Fradsham9 aylar önce
  • You forgot to mention that it’s illegal to test nuclear rocket systems according to salt II treaty

    Timmy DTimmy D9 aylar önce
  • Can't we all just get along!?

    Mr. DiazMr. Diaz9 aylar önce

    Gadolini RutherfordiumGadolini Rutherfordium9 aylar önce
  • That intro....

    Eek RatsEek Rats9 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 Binion9 aylar önce
    • Knowing that something exists is not the same as knowing every single detail of a secret project.

      Scott ManleyScott Manley9 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 Busenkell9 aylar önce
  • Condolences to the families of those Russian workers at Nyonoksa

    ANO NYMANO NYM9 aylar önce
  • @.

    Robert BirrellRobert Birrell9 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."

    JZ's Best FriendJZ's Best Friend9 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.

    JZ's Best FriendJZ's Best Friend9 aylar önce
  • Hydrogen is usually involved and very dangerous........

    Bob JonesBob Jones9 aylar önce
  • good video and informative !

    viralshieldviralshield10 aylar önce
  • Nuclear suprise mechanics.

    Simmy SimsSimmy Sims10 aylar önce
  • The Russian attitude towards Nuclear is reckless. I swear one day it's going to lead to something terrible.

    Hieronymous LexHieronymous Lex10 aylar önce
  • Waiting for the Hypersonic weapons roll out!!!!!

    rolf stamenovrolf stamenov10 aylar önce
  • Intro. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Vocalpro InternationalVocalpro International10 aylar önce
  • Secret nuclear yeet

    charlie frost the firstcharlie frost the first10 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 Shaw10 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 ?

    pulesjetpulesjet10 aylar önce
  • If they cant handle that shit they should stop playing to be bad asses ..they going to burn themself

    Wisdom NightWisdom Night10 aylar önce
  • *Or perhaps it's just Russian propaganda~*

    SquishBangBlowSquishBangBlow10 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 Noskov10 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.

    SangsungMeansToComeSangsungMeansToCome10 aylar önce
  • "Hey, we built a FLOATING NUCLEAR REACTOR plant." *accidentally blows up some radioactive missiles*

    Butter JohnsonButter Johnson10 aylar önce
  • We need some laws in place banning ALL governments from screwing around with nuclear weapons of any kind!

    Murray LewisMurray Lewis10 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

    Zaccary LancasterZaccary Lancaster10 aylar önce
  • bs try again with an SMR reactor

    Christopher LieblerChristopher Liebler10 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 Smith10 aylar önce
  • Uranium One deal comes to mind.

    SkashoonSkashoon10 aylar önce
  • Top secret? Nuclear reactor as an engine, unlimited range.

    Little TimmyLittle Timmy10 aylar önce
  • So top secret we all know about it. 🤔

    person 666person 66610 aylar önce
  • They don't gotta film Chernobyl sequel Live Action, some small reactor probably melted down.

    Nick ENick E10 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 Krishna10 aylar önce
  • The World: " What !! " Russia: (pours Vodka) " ....pfff." " only Sky-Nyet. "

    Dr. of Dubious WisdomDr. of Dubious Wisdom10 aylar önce
  • Russia desperately needs adult supervision.

    Dr. KnowDr. Know10 aylar önce
  • In Soviet Russia nuclear rocket aimed at USA kills Russians.

    Qasem Soleimani's GhostQasem Soleimani's Ghost10 aylar önce
  • This is stupid video

    Emmanuel HitilashaEmmanuel Hitilasha10 aylar önce
  • The speck on the wall made me think my screen was dirty, lol

    Matthew KemptonMatthew Kempton10 aylar önce
  • Hillary funded that explosion. Take a bow

    Lightnin McKingLightnin McKing10 aylar önce
  • I haven't heard anything about this all month until just now while I was browsing Business Insider articles.

    Mik MoenMik Moen10 aylar önce
  • ... apparently not.

    Don't Get Mad Get WiseDon't Get Mad Get Wise10 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 Giglio10 aylar önce
    • And along its flight path too.

      Stan BurtonStan Burton2 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 Szywalski10 aylar önce
  • Russia just endangered thw world

    Analog DigitalAnalog Digital10 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 Hall10 aylar önce
  • Liquid rocket is needed at the start

    Юрий АлтунинЮрий Алтунин10 aylar önce
  • for fuck's sake Sergeï , I told you not to smoke near the big firecracker.

    milou80milou8010 aylar önce
  • Since 1958 USA has made a successful nuke engine.. 75k output

    Dr. Paul Plumbing HeatingDr. Paul Plumbing Heating10 aylar önce
  • Top secret weapon? 0 belief. Major screw up 110% believable...

    SparksAt NiteSparksAt Nite10 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 Revenge10 aylar önce
  • Comrades, nothing is wrong. Everything is Strongly normal. Go back to your homes, or you will be arrested and shot.

    JoeJoe10 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 Oshima10 aylar önce
  • And they want us to worry about the climate.

    SKY RocketSKY Rocket10 aylar önce
Top Secret Russian Nuclear Engine Explodes During Testing