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    Nuclear Powered Quadcopter?

    Nuclear powered quadcopter? Is it possible?

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    Anything is possible


    How much money ya' got???

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    Whoa! When I've read the header my first thought was - it sounds like Fallout! What do you think guys - how big would be a reactor of it?

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    If I am reading this correctly you would need a powerplant capable of lifting 2500 tons.

    That's over two million kilograms of just "battery". I don't know enough about nuclear physics to speculate whether or not one could viably create a cute little pocket sized nuclear reactor or not but when I visited Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona a large amount of that weight seemed to be in the shielding itself. There was a tremendous amount of concrete between humans and the reactor itself to avoid the rather unnecessary measure of not killing everyone.

    Maybe you could build a nuclear reactor o' death that is significantly weight reduced with no shielding and only able to be flown with the operator very far away from the quad.

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    Remote 'beamed' power to the quad....I believe there is work being done on this as we type

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    Nuclear power is often used in deep space exploration, I believe Russia has even sent up nuclear powered satellites. You can do it lightweight, but the amount of protection pretty much directly impacts weight. But I wonder what could happen if a rocket launch carrying nuclear fueled spacecraft fails. Might have happened already?

    I do not see the application for a nuclear powered quad?

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    There are some tritium + phosphorous + solar cell setups that might be a good starting place. Their energy output is horribly low though. If you can find a thermoelectric solar cell that turns the radiation directly to electricity without having to light up the phosphorous, then you might be able to do better.

    Here's a pretty cool video exploring the topic:

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    There are some tritium + phosphorous + solar cell setups that might be a good starting place. Their energy output is horribly low though. If you can find a thermoelectric solar cell that turns the radiation directly to electricity without having to light up the phosphorous, then you might be able to do better.

    Here's a pretty cool video exploring the topic:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Penguin View Post
    Nuclear powered quadcopter? Is it possible?
    Possible maybe, just don't crash it. ;-)



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    Possible maybe, just don't crash it. ;-)



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