Sunday being a day of rest, and my brain being full at the moment and wanting a break from stuffing in new languages and libraries, I took a stroll down memory lane, in a nuclear explosive jet powered EOTWAWKI kind of way… 12 minutes about a big ass missile that could cruise for weeks or months, fly at mach 2 to 3, fly at 100 m off the ground, drop multiple nuclear warheads, and then use the remaining fuel to commit long term “area denial” via radioactive exhaust plume, if desired.
By Curious Droid, who does a whole lot of interesting aviation themed videos.
Seems we decided not to make one partly due to the Bay Of Pigs almost destroying the world “issue”, well, that, and realizing it was a Very Dangerous Thing to actually make…
Yet they DID make and test the engine. Had a compressed air ‘tank’ at 3600 ish PSI that could deliver 545 tons of air in 1.5 minutes to the air intake of an engine the size of a train locomotive. AND did so. (Actually, that tonnage was for the smaller test engine, per the final test, all the video says is that it was an expanded air supply and ran for a few minutes…)
Ah, back when playing with really big really fun “toys” was something America just loved to do… the “Can Do” generation ;-)
I especially like the bits where they show someone loading the fuel pellets by hand… and the part where guys are standing around a reactor they are assembling in plain old street clothes. But hey, it was a “ceramic reactor” running a a few thousand PSI and several hundred degrees C, so why worry?
The idea of a 50 MW (or 500 MW) reactor you can put in a modest rail car (or a large one) is just sooo 1960s ;-) Wonder if the folks in Australia could use a 1/2 GW of power on a rail car to put near places needing some extra? Yeah, you would need to add a boiler, but hey, that’s just some pipes ;-) Or Canada (and Chicago) where they could just use the heat directly to warm up! ;-)
Gives you a whole new perspective on the power in “nuclear power”.