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This makes no sense, the last time the US tried a nuclear powered plane they found it was to heavy and didn't have enough power... So why would they use a low energy reactor? The Russians only got it to work by not shielding the reactor and running air through the reactors and contaminating the crew!
That was ages ago in the tech world.

We now have reactors that care the size of basketballs and hermetically sealed to prevent any contamination that can power a few homes for years.



Technology improves over time, you know?
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But what's the point?
e-peen

"my plane is powered my nuclear reaktors and you can land other planes on it. What does your plane do? Oh, thats right, you dont own a plane"
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Convair NB-36H

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convair_X-6
Edited by 222Panther222 - 10/27/11 at 8:23am
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that's awesome!
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This reminds me a lot of Project Pluto. It could supposedly stay in the air just cruising for months at a time until it was given further orders. It uses an engine called a nuclear ramjet, the best description of which I have found on wikipedia:
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The principle behind the nuclear ramjet was relatively simple: motion of the vehicle pushed air in through the front of the vehicle (ram effect), a nuclear reactor heated the air, and then the hot air expanded at high speed out through a nozzle at the back, providing thrust.
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Meh, I'm waiting for an orbital elevator.
Edited by Polymerabbit - 10/28/11 at 1:47am
 
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e-peen

"my plane is powered my nuclear reaktors and you can land other planes on it. What does your plane do? Oh, thats right, you dont own a plane"
Actually it's more important than that. People are stuck on the search for energy because we are in a disintigrating social complexity model. Oil made this complexity model possible. Without a new source it will disintigrate. Which is why there's all the green energy, nuclear energy, this energy that energy kinds of junk going on. The computer and www revolution
was simply a subconcious reaching out to find our most complex structure before we collapse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Tainter
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Originally Posted by captain_clayman View Post
hmmmmm maybe it would take off/land in the ocean? where the hell are they gonna get a runway big enough for that thing?
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Actually it's more important than that. People are stuck on the search for energy because we are in a disintigrating social complexity model. Oil made this complexity model possible. Without a new source it will disintigrate. Which is why there's all the green energy, nuclear energy, this energy that energy kinds of junk going on. The computer and www revolution
was simply a subconcious reaching out to find our most complex structure before we collapse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Tainter
Dude, even if we didn't go green, we would have oil for centuries to come.
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If we don't destroy our planet before that time.
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