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It's a calculated risk simply because this would be the biggest target for terrorists ever. The destruction it would cause on crashing would be phenomenal. Bombs, missiles, planes flying into it, etc. Actually if someone crashed into it on accident how would that turn out? This thing has to support itself in the air. I could go on for a while here but you get the idea.

I don't think this idea will ever take off. (laaaaaaame joke)
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NB-36H. That was the historical precedent.
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So many silly theories

If this were to ever happen it would most likely be setup in the upper atmosphere to act as a take-off point for low orbit space craft.

With enough wing span it would be able to partially glide indefinitely based on air currents and the curve of the earth. I highly doubt it would operate at passenger air-line altitudes.

First step towards commercial Space Flight!
For this purpose they could perfect the space elevator idea.
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If this thing crash we got another Chernobly...
Built thing thing is a bad idea while shoot it down even more bad idea.
Imagine a flying Chernobyl
Now imagine a computer virus that crashes it in some country's capital
What a world we live in!
post #175 of 250
I'm more interested in it's purpose. What is it good for? It seems to me like this is meant to STAY in the air, in which case, why? A refueling platform? Where currently "large" planes do fuel relays/drop offs and smaller planes dock to refuel?

Honestly I think this thing would be pretty safe assuming they get the power source up to par with current nuclear operating and safety standards. The danger factor is the idea of planes landing/taking off from it (And the crashes that inevitably result), or this itself landing and taking off. But if this is meant to stay aflight, and has a multi-year flight-span, I think this could be pretty safe. Lot of if's though.
    
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Anyone else see a Roland Emmerich movie in the making?
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post #177 of 250
It could always just take off vertically
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post #178 of 250
it would be possible for it to take off and land at my local airstation here in yuma,az we have the longest runway in north america. mostly what concerns me is that it would basically be a steam aircraft as that is how nuclear subs work by using the heat of nuclear to boil water and i have never heard of a steam aircraft or any type of plane.
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post #179 of 250
What pops to mind when I read these questions is it should be a sea plane, built as a ship. Land and take off from sea water.
post #180 of 250
1: To the landing and taking off question: Desert to take off. And it's nuclear(/Thorium) powered, it doesn't need to land.
2: To the size, look at an aircraft carrier. There's the length. And the wingspan is 2 - 3 times longer.
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