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looks like somebody has been playing Ace Combat... A lot...

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Arkbird much? Damn.
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Ace Combat much?

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EDIT: Beat me to it! lol
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The same method that turns the thermal energy from the reactor into mechanical energy for making electricity or propelling a ship would work with aircraft.
So this will be driven by propellers? Because with the thrust they produce at any reasonable size that doesn't seem practical.
 
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Hot air balloons don't provide enough lift and might interfere with incoming aircraft. How much helium/hydrogen would be needed to lift a 747?
Giant lighter than air or hybrid aircraft are probably much more feasible than LENR.

Helium has a lifting capacity of just over 1kg per cubic meter. The 747-8 has a maximum take off weight of 442,000kg.

The largest air ships ever built have lift capacities well within an order of magnitude of this, and they could be made an order of magnitude larger.

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So this will be driven by propellers? Because with the thrust they produce at any reasonable size that doesn't seem practical.
I have no idea what they are planning to do with this. There is really nothing preventing an electric motor from driving a high speed fan like the kind that modern high-bypass turbofan engines use to develop ~80% of their thrust. Instead of having a turbojet in the center, an electric motor or gearbox would work.
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concept is awesome, but I bet it'll be like the zepplins.. one little mistake and the botch the entire project.
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When I saw this, my first thought was "Titanic of the 21st century".
    
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I have no idea what they are planning to do with this. There is really nothing preventing an electric motor from driving a high speed fan like the kind that modern high-bypass turbofan engines use to develop ~80% of their thrust. Instead of having a turbojet in the center, an electric motor or gearbox would work.
I would think in this application a low-bypass turbofan style engine that is driven by a high-efficiency brushless electric motor would be the most practical solution. High-bypass engines only serve to increase fuel efficiency and reduce noise which would be no matter when no fuel is being burned within them. The high thrust lapse rate of a high-bypass turbofan engine would not help something of this size in taking off or reaching higher speeds, either.
 
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when that thing crashes...and one will...people will have to buy helmets.
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If it actually gets built is it going to be the modern day equivalent of aircraft carrier ships?
    
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