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A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion

Post by u2fly » Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:48 pm

Here are reviews on future concept of electric jet aircraft with nuclear fusion: Flash Falcon (FF) is a concept futuristic jet from Oscar Vinals
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Re: A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion

Post by kiwiflieger » Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:55 pm

They need to invent a fusion reactor first :lol:
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Re: A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion

Post by u2fly » Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:38 pm

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Re: A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion

Post by Neocon » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:03 pm

Yeah, nuclear fusion generators are still in the very early stage of trying to figure out how to make one, so it will be years before that happens. Nuclear fission-powered aircraft were a real thing, though, so it's not really a radical idea in itself. That plane, though, looks like something from a bad video game (or YSF).

As much as it would be nice to have an aircraft that doesn't produce any pollution, but if it crashes there will be plenty of pollution.that is why this won't happen for a very long time, in my opinion. Just imagine some wacko hijacking one and having access to a fusion reactor. That is why this won't happen for a very long time, in my opinion.

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Re: A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion

Post by NightRaven » Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:49 am

Fusion reactors are currently possible, yes, but they need more energy input to sustain the reaction than the actual output, and you need a colossal amount of energy the reaction to be started and maintained. This generally wouldn't be possible in the confined space of an aircraft; an external land based unit would be required to start the unit, and then comes the issue of sustaining the reaction independently. If fusion were possible they'd put it straight to use for power for civilian households or military infrastructure, rather than chucking it in an aircraft for propulsion.

Furthermore, nuclear fission/fusion in aircraft does not actually provide thrust, yet. At most aircraft have only carried fission reactors, not relied on them. The only aircraft to have done so is the NB-36, which primarily tested the shielding of the reactor linings and radiation effects on aircraft systems.

And of course, there are environmental concerns regarding a nuclear powered aircraft, as Pat brought up in the post above mine. If a land based nuclear reactor causes that much concern when it blows up, who knows how much worry there would be knowing there would be a mobile nuclear reactor waiting to blow anywhere above people's heads.

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Re: A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion

Post by Barr » Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:14 am

Isnt the tsar bomb a hydrogen nuclear fusion bomb?
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Re: A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion

Post by NightRaven » Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:38 am

Well, yes it is, but it was an uncontrolled fusion reaction. Creating and controlling fusion conditions under laboratory conditions (without blowing up) have proven difficult, and understanding of the materials and methods required is scarce, so fusion as an alternative fuel, as proposed by this aircraft design, is elusive, even though fusion reactions have already been achieved in the past.

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Re: A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion

Post by ksh » Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:01 am

oh...a concorde on steroids! :lol:

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Re: A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion

Post by u2fly » Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:12 am

ksh wrote:oh...a concorde on steroids! :lol:
This one?
1) http://www.metafilter.com/68805/Concorde-on-steroids
2) https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... as-418612/
FlightGlobal wrote:British newspaper readers last week could be excused for believing that humankind is poised on the cusp of a new Concorde era – indeed, an era of Concorde on steroids...
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