Perry B. Ritter

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Perry Burdge Ritter

(1915-08-11)August 11, 1915
Ohio, USA
DiedMay 25, 2000(2000-05-25) (aged 84)
Cause of deathCancer
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Physicist
  • Research engineer

Perry Burdge Ritter, was a research engineer and an experimental physicist on Project Orion.

Early life

He was born 11th August 1915, in Ohio. He married in 1942. On 20th June 1946 he was issued with a badge for Atomic Bomb Test Joint Task Force One. He was awarded a Diploma from Pasadena, California on 20th June 1947. In 1952 he was at the Staford Research Institute working as an Instrument Engineer for the department of Applied Physics.

Manhattan project

He worked as a foundry engineer in the Manhattan project


Perry became a manager for Grand Central Rocket Co. in Redlands, California. In 1959 he moved to Encinitas, California, where he worked at General Atomic.

Project orion

Perry worked on detonators for the model, but he was a pacifist/gentle. So Orion exploring peaceful aspects of bombs probably appealed to him. He would polish the interior of the canisters before loading them with high explosives, to ensure there were no air-pockets. Whilst working on the c4 test models for Orion, he had an accident. He went over the revetment to see what happened and tripped over a wire and thing went off. He was completely dazed. He gradually came back into focus, with a punctured eardrum and a concussion to one side of his head. Brian Dunne appointed Perry Ritter as the lead man at the Point Loma site. [1] [2]

Later life

A core group of Orion physicists left General Atomic to form their own independent company, Systems, Science, and Software, or "S-Cubed." Perry later worked for S-Cubed.


Perry has a patent with Edward A Day (one of the other model testers) [3] [4]


Perry died 25th May 2000 at the age of 84 years old (cancer). [5]


  1. Project Orion book [1]
  2. [2]
  3. Justia Patent [3]
  4. Index of Patents Issued from the United States Patent Office [4]
  5. [5]

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