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Lockheed Martin Patents Nuclear-Powered Fighter Jet
« on: April 03, 2018, 02:41:04 am »

Fusion power is cleaner, safer, and potentially much more powerful than fission reactors currently provide.

The military contractor who developed both the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II has won a patent for its next aerospace marvel: a nuclear-powered fighter jet.

Unlike most nuclear-powered military hardware—most notably, nuclear-powered submarines—that function using nuclear fission, Lockheed Martin has patented a fusion-powered fighter jet. Fusion power—working like the internal power of the sun—is cleaner, safer, and potentially four times more powerful than fission power.

The Lockheed Skunk Works has been open about its exploration in compact fusion reactors, having developed a magnetic container system about the size of a standard shipping container that could power a city of up to 100,000 people. But, its latest move suggests it’s been successful in scaling the size down even further.

Last week, The Drive blog reported that Lockheed Martin obtained a patent for a component for its compact fusion reactor design. Among the applications for the reactor depicted in the documents was an image of a fighter jet similar in design to the F-16—which is also one of the company’s creations—and a diagram shows how such a reactor could be fit within an aircraft propulsion system:

“For aviation applications, depending on the exact size of the reactor, the system might be able to give a plane unlimited range for its entire lifecycle, with the limit only been the need for food, water, and other life support systems for the crew. High altitude drones with the ability to stay aloft for months or even years at a time could potentially take the place of satellites and other communications relay infrastructure.”

Such a development would allow unmanned military vehicles—air, land, or sea—to operate indefinitely in remote locations without traditional logistics chains. A prototype has already been tested at the Lockheed Skunk Works in California.

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Offline Jacob Law

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Re: Lockheed Martin Patents Nuclear-Powered Fighter Jet
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2018, 06:21:09 am »
Wow that's what we need; flying nuclear plants..... ah they never would crash and spread radiation all over.
Also consider this.......


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2p-taohj6I&t=16s
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Re: Lockheed Martin Patents Nuclear-Powered Fighter Jet
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2018, 09:37:59 am »
Wow that's what we need; flying nuclear plants..... ah they never would crash and spread radiation all over.
Also consider this.......


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2p-taohj6I&t=16s

Agreed.

But as for the video:

That sounds kind of kooky...can you substantiate it with some facts?

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Re: Lockheed Martin Patents Nuclear-Powered Fighter Jet
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2018, 05:19:25 pm »
ermmm...READ...

FUSION not fission

yeah, fission reactors can have some nasty byproducts...

fusion?

c'mon guys  ::)

anyway, this smells of junk...if Lockheed could patent such a thing, then there would already be commercial fusion reactors around...unless perhaps the patent is theoretical and awaiting for fusion to make the next step and instead of taking energy to sustain a reaction, would be able to produce energy