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June 18, 2004

Nuclear-powered aircraft

Some kind of newfangled quantum nucleonic reactor is supposed to make it possible for long term flight. Very useful for aerial surveillance and the forthcoming destruction of humanity by robots.

A jet engine is the essence of mechanical simplicity. Fuel and air are mixed, compressed and ignited. As the gas burns, it moves rapidly rearward, propelling the aircraft forward. Normally, this is done by burning jet fuel, which is exactly what the new nuclear plane will do when it takes off, climbs and lands.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 18, 2004 08:11 AM

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Oh-oh: " Los Alamos scientists have expressed suspicion that the triggered isomer reaction process may not release useful amounts of heat."
Sounds like a bit more work is needed for proof-of-concept. Drat.

Posted by: John Anderson at June 18, 2004 03:58 PM