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Didn't really read any of the thread, but since it would be nuclear powered, wouldn't that mean it could stay airborne for a good 200+ years? (given the body, components, etc hold up)

People would be taking "plane taxis" just to get to work on that thing
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post #142 of 250
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Originally Posted by CAHOP240 View Post
That's what they said about the Titanic
Titanic was a boat

hence it can't fly.
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post #143 of 250
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Originally Posted by cokezone View Post
Titanic was a boat

hence it can't fly.
you know why?

It needed MOAR POWAR!
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post #144 of 250
This will never happen. The whole point of this thing is to save fuel, right? I think they're going about it the wrong way. ROFL
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post #145 of 250
If they develop the reactor to neutralize spent fuel that's in the holes in the ground now, that would make a bunch of people happier.
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post #146 of 250
pulling up physics from my dulled mem, but woulden't the mass of this thing be problematic? from an engineering point of view they'd need to make sure this thing is structurally sound or the momentum of different parts of the craft would tear it apart from it just trying to make a left turn (propulsion turning? or banking, would be o.O to see that massive thing bank)
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post #147 of 250
Plane crashes on city = epic fail, retarded idea. Nuclear radiation on an object that is known to crash.
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post #148 of 250
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nocturin View Post
Wouldn't this operate over the maximum altitude of those devices, though?
If this did operate at altitudes too high for a SAM to reach it would be impossible for most airplanes to take off or land on it singe most planes can't fly that high. I doubt you could get something this big and heavy to fly that high anyways.
    
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post #149 of 250
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Huh?

Ion propulsion provides very very little force but is efficent, does not need physical fuel, and has a high maximum speed.

Air resistence is a function of atmospheric flight. It is not a factor on stationary objects and would have to be overcome to even take off anyways.
I thought you use a noble gas in order to use ion propulsion. Conservation of mass would state that the noble gas will deplete over time. Nuclear propulsion is typically associated with this type of fuel (or hydrogen).

What I'm saying is that when these things are in the air, you are going to constantly need to burn fuel in order to keep them in flight. We aren't dealing with a vacuum where a small amount of fuel is needed to maintain very high velocities.

Quote:
AAAs and SAMs disagree with that statement.
Hehe

You know what I meant. You can put these anywhere around the world where there would be no boundaries where you can deploy aircraft. Likewise, you'll be able to get these craft to the destination much faster then an sea based aircraft carrier. Although AA batteries will restrict some air space, you'll still be able to be within reach with your aircraft.
post #150 of 250
Quote:
Originally Posted by calavera View Post
This will never happen. The whole point of this thing is to save fuel, right? I think they're going about it the wrong way. ROFL
You can save a lot of fuel if it is done right, hence why I suggested propellers. Create a closed system of a steam engine that drives massive propellers. You use the nuclear power plant to heat the water and then something else to cool it. There, now you have flight that can be sustained for long periods of flight.
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