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I would like to see the airport for it to land,this its a bad idea think of the consequences if it crashes.

air refuel after you get the bugger off the ground. or you build in space
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I don't see how crashing is the concern. We have nuclear ships and submarines that also pose crashing hazards.

Nuclear power is the best viable alternative for conventional fuels. Once enough advances occur in minimizing sheilding requirements, it could be a great solution.

Also the reactor required to power an aircraft would be much smaller than those used in power stations and definitely smaller than what is currently used in aircraft carriers. It would be in line with the specs on nuclear submarines.

If a plane crashed with this type of engine, the worst case would be heavy water contamination over a small area. It's very easy to build in automatic safeguards that would shut the reactor down in the event of a potential crash.
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I think this is a great idea, I just think they're going about it wrong. Why a plane? Remember the aircraft carriers in Sky Captain an the World of Tomorrow? They were more like helicopters. Makes more sense to me and seems like a simpler build. But with the plane design there's one thing they forgot. If your traveling at 700mph an the object your trying to land on is traveling 700mph you don't even need a landing strip. You just connect to the landing vehicle an cut your engines. You have to think outside conventional ways of doing things sometimes. I do like the Sky Carrier Concept thought from the movie.

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I think this is a great idea, I just think they're going about it wrong. Why a plane? Remember the aircraft carriers in Sky Captain an the World of Tomorrow? They were more like helicopters. Makes more sense to me and seems like a simpler build. But with the plane design there's one thing they forgot. If your traveling at 700mph an the object your trying to land on is traveling 700mph you don't even need a landing strip. You just connect to the landing vehicle an cut your engines. You have to think outside conventional ways of doing things sometimes. I do like the Sky Carrier Concept thought from the movie.

seems like they are going to need propellar propultion in order to keep the puppies in the air. ion propulsion is not going to make these magically stay in the air for montha under our air resistance.
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I don't see how crashing is the concern.

It's not the radiation that scares me - I assume it would use a cleaner, safer form of reactor where a crash would not produce radiation hazards.

The thing is massive and would have enormous kinetic energy. Impact would be meteoric. Imagine 5 LHC beams tearing through downtown NYC. It would flatten everything in a straight line for miles.


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I think this is a great idea, I just think they're going about it wrong. ... more like helicopters.
Anything trying to land on that would be sucked into the propellers.
Edited by willis888 - 10/25/11 at 11:25am
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Don't they need to develop cold fusion, first? Otherwise, how are they gonna cool the reactor... drag a large lake behind it? Maybe a couple of Noctua's bolted on to the main reactor?
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Just have a giant magnet on both planes which attract them to the plane No runway required. Dunno about take off though
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This is the aigaion from ace combat 6
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While a TON of questions and concerns come to my mind...

I can't stop thinking about this thing taking off or landing. And how big would it'd runway have to be??
lol they make a runway the size of a state jsut to maintain and fly a fleet of them
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Why would it need a runway? Couldn't the planes just detach from it or drive off the edge? "Landing" might be difficult, but we can already get a fuel hose to a plane while inflight. I'd think a system could be made to do the job. Planes with virtical take off tech could land on it like a kite if they had a tether pulling them down.

Any cross wind dangers would be just as dangerous for a runway landing...if not more so.

As for the huge plane its self...I would assume it would land and take off on water or use VTO.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 10/25/11 at 11:57am
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