how did they calculate where a safe spot to detonate it would be? is it on of those things where you don't know how big it's going to be until it happens?
they actually were worried that the nuclear reaction would chain with the hydrogen in the atmosphere and that they were going to catch the entire worlds air on fire and kill everyone.
and they still did it.
Hamming later recalled that:
>Shortly before the first field test (you realize that no small scale experiment can be done—either you have a critical mass or you do not), a man asked me to check some arithmetic he had done, and I agreed, thinking to fob it off on some subordinate. When I asked what it was, he said, "It is the probability that the test bomb will ignite the whole atmosphere."
Also, the Tear Bomba was originally designed to be a 100 megaton bomb, but they decided that the amount of fallout from it was too bug so they cut it back to 50 megatons (the blast diameter was a 40 mile utter destruction zone and a 60 mile severe destruction zone). Imagine the blast radius of a 100 megaton bomb
I'm just wondering how fucking expensive that thing must have been to develop just to blow it up.
Right in the merchant.
>how fucking expensive that thing must have been to develop just to blow it up
>just to blow it up
and what exactly do you expect to come out of a hydrogen bomb development project, other than a bomb that blows up?
that's silly man , if you plug the whole mass of the tsar bomba into that it would certainly destroy the whole planet .
what OP is asking is how could you calculate a bomb's yield from its design .
Why did the lose the cold war despite having a bomb so big? When Eastern Europe rebelled why didnt they just drop a Tsar Bomba on Budapest? Hitler would have done it. Imagine if the Nazis had the Tsar Bomba
It was to see if they could set off an artificial tsunami. For that you need an enormous yield.
It turned out even that bomb was not sufficient.
Sure. It was the Soviet union. They did not have to ask the people to fund it - they just took the money. The Soviets had several money guzzling projects going.
Partly. However they also confiscated savings. The way communism was put in control of Russia and then the Soviet union was by taxation.
>miles in the air?
Unlikely, the bomb was absolutely huge.
>your reasoning that they wanted to create an artificial tsunami sounds like a meme
And why would that be? After all the blast radius scales with cubic root of the yield, which means making huge bombs is meaningless unless you aim for a specific effect.
This is also the reason you have MIRV: a far more efficient way of levelling an area per kg nuclear material. After all, during the cold war it was said that the average distance between German villages was 10 kilotons.
They don't. During the trinity test the scientists were wondering if the bomb would set the atmospere on fire and wipe out earth. The first hydrogen bomb test killed a bunch of people AFAIK.
I don't think you understand dude,
If the Soviets or americans launched a nuclear attack on the other, it's tits up for the whole world. Big Bomb =/= Guranteed victory, because who cares how big the explosion is when neither of your nations exist anymore.