Community > Forum > The Spaceflight Cafe > Nuclear powered aircraft

Nuclear powered aircraft

Posted by: Minthos - Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:24 pm
Post new topic Reply to topic
 [ 6 posts ] 
Nuclear powered aircraft 
Author Message
Space Walker
Space Walker
avatar
Joined: Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:45 pm
Posts: 156
Post Nuclear powered aircraft   Posted on: Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:24 pm
Think helicarrier, but different:

Image

Big enough to carry a rocket and a powerful nuclear reactor, but instead of those quadcopter rotors you see in the picture, it has wings and nuclear powered ramjets. Since it's nuclear powered it doesn't need to combust the air like a normal ramjet or a scramjet. It should be able to produce thrust at very high velocities.

Of course naysayers will complain about the inherent safety issues in a flying nuclear reactor. What if it crashes? Let's not think of the children but instead imagine the possibilities!


Back to top
Profile
Space Station Member
Space Station Member
User avatar
Joined: Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:40 am
Posts: 455
Location: California and Michigan
Post Re: Nuclear powered aircraft   Posted on: Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:49 pm
power it with a thorium reactor, then its not dangerous at all.

_________________
Let not the bindings of society hold you back from improving it.... the masses follow where the bold explore.


Back to top
Profile
Online
Space Station Commander
Space Station Commander
User avatar
Joined: Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:21 pm
Posts: 508
Location: B.O.A. UK
Post Re: Nuclear powered aircraft   Posted on: Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:50 pm
Sigma wrote:
power it with a thorium reactor, then its not dangerous at all.


Its not quite like that one of the major reasons that molten salt thorium reactors are inherently much safer than traditional nuclear reactors is because of the way they are designed to fail-safe which is to have and actively frozen plug that in the event of failure, that melts and drips down into a container in such a way to make it sub-critical. When its in a decent concrete bowl it could be considered safe if that same stuff was dripping on you from thousands of metres up in no way would I consider that a safe option even if i took up stroking white cats. :wink: :twisted: And I like a lot of out there ideas, I'd consider a thorium reactor in a space launch vehicle that launched over sea but something designed to hover over inhabited areas for long periods of time I think would be an unacceptable risk.

_________________
Someone has to tilt at windmills.
So that we know what to do when the real giants come!!!!


Back to top
Profile WWW
Space Station Member
Space Station Member
User avatar
Joined: Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:40 am
Posts: 455
Location: California and Michigan
Post Re: Nuclear powered aircraft   Posted on: Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:23 am
ok, use a linear radio array and beam power from a terrestrial
power plant?

have it a electric ubber blimp?

if the power fails it slowly dips to the ground?

_________________
Let not the bindings of society hold you back from improving it.... the masses follow where the bold explore.


Back to top
Profile
Online
Space Station Commander
Space Station Commander
User avatar
Joined: Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:21 pm
Posts: 508
Location: B.O.A. UK
Post Re: Nuclear powered aircraft   Posted on: Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:28 pm
Sigma wrote:
ok, use a linear radio array and beam power from a terrestrial
power plant?

have it a electric ubber blimp?

if the power fails it slowly dips to the ground?


I think the Japanese have recently tested beamed microwave power for when/if they build a Solar Power Transmitting Space Station but it strikes me that as humans contain a fair bit of water that absorbs microwaves this might have safety hazards as well if it were manned :wink: :twisted:

_________________
Someone has to tilt at windmills.
So that we know what to do when the real giants come!!!!


Back to top
Profile WWW
Space Station Member
Space Station Member
User avatar
Joined: Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:40 am
Posts: 455
Location: California and Michigan
Post Re: Nuclear powered aircraft   Posted on: Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:38 pm
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ist/?next ... 180952145/ ?

"The team shone four lasers in a square arrangement, heating air molecules and creating a low-density ring around a denser core of air. Light bounces around the dense core just like in a fibre.

Using this technique, the researchers could make the careful arrangement of air last long enough to send a signal, explains a statement from the University of Maryland:

Importantly, the “pipe” produced by the filaments lasted for a few milliseconds, a million times longer than the laser pulse itself. For many laser applications, Milchberg says, “milliseconds is infinity.”




Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-new ... CC2cZst.99
Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGv
Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter"

_________________
Let not the bindings of society hold you back from improving it.... the masses follow where the bold explore.


Back to top
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
 

Who is online 

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 18 guests


cron
© 2015 The International Space Fellowship, developed by Gabitasoft Interactive. All Rights Reserved.  Privacy Policy | Terms of Use