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if i learned anything in physics class this is going to be hard to do, look at the size of this thing, plus other planes weight ect...
    
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It obv's won't fit in an airport however, look at cruise ships. If this was built as a seafaring craft it could be built in the dry docks that already exist and take off from sea. The ocean is a pretty big landing strip.
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So basically they want a clean-nuclear, or cold fusion powered plane? I won't hold my breath that they will get cold fusion working, or that contained in most of my lifetime.

The thought in the 1950/60's was that big aircraft could be nuclear powered; the thought died quickly though after realizing they needed several feet of lead to protect the crew, and that plane crashes are common, and could dump lots of radioactive material all over the place. I wonder what nuclear reaction they are thinking of that can operate without shielding, or radioactive material?
Yup. To call nuclear powered aircraft "wild" or "new" is to not know aircraft history.
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Perhaps they could design it to take off/land vertically?
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I wonder how much it would cost to build one
    
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Perhaps they could design it to take off/land vertically?
It is many times more difficult to take off vertically, and needs far more power to do so then to take off conventionally.
    
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I don't see why they need to turn it on and off at will. They could just turn off the motors, they don't need to stop the reaction.
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