Pile my dad was on the launch crew for Glenns flight so he probably worked for your dad. The first were Mercury capsules on Atlas rockets. We lived on Merritt island back then and I went to first grade in Titusville in 62-63 it was after the school year ended that we moved to Las Vegas where I did second grade of school so maybe you and I crossed paths. There in Titusville in school we had air raid drills like fire drill because Cuba was acting up then. BTW my dad passed over 25 year ago nowThat's interesting, my dad was the pad foreman for John Glenns launch back then (Gemini), they almost certainly knew each other. (sadly can no longer ask)
NRDS... Orion??? (The original "bang-bang" powered with small nukes and really, really good shock absorbers... not the current project of the same name)
I thought sanity prevailed in the 60s...
NRDS was a different project than Orion and not well known but they were passing liquid hydrogen thru a reactor to superheat it to make thrust without oxygen involved. As I recall they built 3 rocket motors there and ran one for days until it melted. They had lead bricks around the reactor and when I turned 16 we were living in Beatty and I got a 65 Corvair with 4 carbs that ran great and I could get the front tires off the ground on one bump in town so dad brought 2 of the lead bricks home and put them in my trunk to keep the front end of the car on the ground, well I still have one of those lead bricks in my shop LOL.