21 Jan '15, 3pm

#OnThisDay in tech history, the world's 1st atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched. #OTD

#OnThisDay in tech history, the world's 1st atomic submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched. #OTD

USS Nautilus (hull number SSN-571), the world's first atomic submarine, was launched into the Thames River in Groton, CT on January 21, 1954 after First Lady Mamie Eisenhower broke the traditional bottle of champagne across her bow. The US Congress had authorized a nuclear-powered submarine for the US Navy in 1951 and engineers at the Naval Reactors Branch of the Atomic Energy Commission developed a nuclear propulsion plant to make it possible. She was the sixth Navy ship named Nautilus, in honor of a WWII submarine of the same name and the submarine in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea . After more research and testing, Nautilus made her first nuclear-powered run in 1955, when Commander Eugene P Wilkinson signaled the message, "Underway on nuclear power." Nuclear power produces no emission and consumes no air, which made the submarine very efficient. She was powered b...

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