Is putting fusion into an airplane feasible? Yes. A fusion-powered airplane can provide a variety of benefits. Efficient fuel consumption, less pollutants, cheaper fuel, and smaller engine are all benefits that a fusion engine can provide.
Ideas about space shuttle redesign: The rubber o-ring failure
Introduction: One summer night, I raised my 5-year old eyes towards the sky and sighed, "Ah, the moon". Although this fragment of a sentence may seem archaic and . Throughout my childhood, I've gawked at jets and helicopters during air shows and drew fantastical spaceships and fighter jets, twirling in endless loops and spirals. The first idea I had for my project was to fix something from the past; the space shuttle. The space shuttle program, although successful, was flawed in many ways. For instance, the space shuttle used solid rocket boosters to reach orbit. These, once lit, burned at maximum thrust until it ran out of fuel, and were about as safe as strapping a bomb to your chair and hoping it would launch you upwards. Also, the space shuttle did not have an escape plan in the event of an emergency, something even the Apollo mission had in the form of a booster built to launch the command pod away from the spacecraft. Finally, the space shuttle was known as the flying brick. Space shuttle commanders trained in a Grumman Gulfstream C-11 with the landing gear down, the engines in reverse, blinds on the sides and the flaps up. However, I had initially decided against this, as no one used Korolev
Powerplant: Compact fusion Aerial and in space Stability Center of mass, lift, and thrust Additional systems Cockpit Landing gear Landing gear covers Gear bay SAS SLS RCS Variable geometry wing Power Generator and engine Troubleshooting Change in velocity TTW ratio Instability Entry aerodynamics + Angle of attack Fulcrum Spins out Vertical Tail fin Tons of drag Use singular control surface Engine blowout Engine layout Where does the engine sit? Thrust nozzles Flipping out Center of mass and center of lift Can't reach orbit Delta V Air intakes? Airbrakes Ai - Two flaps thingy landing where we want trajectory retrograde Payload bay One system Mid-range Cargo People Weight Fuel Radioactive shielding Water-based RCS Monopropellant Will water freeze How do we limit the thrust, how do we not nuke the area
Purpose: The purpose of this project is to create a feasible model of a Single-Stage To Orbit spacecraft that can provide the necessary environment for a compact fusion engine, developed by Lockheed Martin.
Procedure: Make the thing. Maybe 3-D print a model.
Results: Should be a plausible model. Don't have to build the actual thing, obviously
Nuclear fusion is where deuterium and tritium is smashed together to create helium, an extra neutron, and a ton of energy. The benefits to nuclear fusion is that the input and output can be completely controlled, as the reactants and products are different. Compared to nuclear fission, a neutron is smashed into 235U and creates two broken pieces and a few more neutrons. These neutrons then create a chain reaction known as nuclear meltdown. Nuclear fusion also uses significantly less fuel to create and less shielding than nuclear fission. Nuclear fusion is a great alternative to many sources of energy. But I wondered whether or not it could be applicable to a airplane. An airplane equipped with nuclear fusion could stay in the air for days or months, restricted only by fatigue and supplies.
https://splinternews.com/face-it-america-the-space-shuttle-was-a-total-failure-1793854408 The ship itself broke apart due to aerodynamic forces—it basically plunged toward the ocean at the speed of sound. The shuttle was not designed to let the crew escape in case of an in-flight emergency. All those aboard died, including social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe. There are hints that the crew remained conscious until the shuttle hit the Atlantic Ocean. “The fundamental problem was that SRBs are dangerous because they are not engines. Think of a rocket booster as an elongated powder keg with a nozzle at the bottom. Once you light it, you cannot stop its burn. You cannot throttle it down in case of malfunction. Yet SRBs were chosen because they offered a more economical solution to meet the program's budgetary constraints.” “Solid boosters are often used in unmanned rocket launches because they are cheap to manufacture and provide high levels of thrust without a corresponding increase in complexity. They are not typically used in manned spacecraft because they produce a very rough ride and cannot be shut down.”