NASA nuclear-powered VTOL transport aircraft

hesham

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Hi,

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19690004760_1969004760.pdf
 

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The grey areas-
1-Nuclear hazards.
2-Mechanical failures.
3-Enemy hits the aircraft.
4-Administrative support at the AB.
5-Even if used for civilian transport how many of us would like to have a nuclear reactor flying overhead?
The Russians and Chinese are also toying with the idea.
The only advantage is flying for longer durations without refuelling.
What are the economics?
 

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The economics would not be in mass production but for extended range use in case of nuclear attack. Only a few airframes would need to be built for special operations.
 
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