GovLaunch: Scientists seek nuclear powered military drones

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  • #156899

    Corey McCarren

    Drone use has been a concern as of late, with debate over civilian-owned drones and the activities of drones in other countries, namely Pakistan. Now, government scientists are adding more to the conversation by seeking to change how drones are powered. As reported by Nextgov, scientists have developed plans on how to make such a drone, and are disappointed that the current political climate doesn’t allow for it.

    Scientists argue that nuclear-powered drones would greatly enhance their ability to stay airbourne for months at a time, as opposed to days. Along those same lines, the electrical power available to the aircraft would be doubled. Concerns, however, have been raised as to how safe having nuclear powered aircraft flying overhead is.

    As there are already nuclear-powered Navy ships, are nuclear drones really so much more dangerous?

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    Henry Brown

    IMO the major difference is that nuclear-powered ships are limited as to where they can go…

  • #156904

    Corey McCarren

    That’s a good point, assuming the nuclear ships just about never touch land.

  • #156901

    Henry Brown

    Some more followup:

    From Gizmodo

    The Secret Nuclear Drone Tech Our Government Hid

    Sandia National Laboratories cooks up some of the craziest new technologies you’ll ever see—and some you’ll never see. That’s the fate of a secret method for driving drones with nuclear power, abandoned by its creators.

    The tech was uncovered in a document acquired by the Federation of American Scientists, which outlines a study Sandia conducted. The results? They’ve got a new means of powering military drones with huge benefits:

    Whatever “political conditions” grounded Sandia’s shadowy drones likely reflected the obvious: we don’t need unmanned nukes orbiting the world, whether over our own heads or the Taliban’s. But political conditions have a tendency of changing unannounced—and contrary to reason. And if weapon wonks are so in love with this technology now, let’s not pretend they’re going to give up forever just because it’s unpopular today.

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