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Boeing Patented a Plane Running on Thermonuclear Explosions Energy

07/13/2015 - 16:01

Boeing has received from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent approval for an aircraft engine, runs on the energy of thermonuclear explosions. The lasers hit the radioactive substances (deuterium and tritium) are the main element of the device.

Ronnie Macdonald
Ronnie Macdonald
It is assumed that high power lasers can shoot on radioactive isotopes of hydrogen into the combustion chamber. As a result, a nuclear fusion reactions begin. The whole process is like a small thermonuclear explosion. The reaction products (hydrogen or helium) will come out of the engine through a nozzle to produce thrust.

In addition, the fusion reaction will heat the combustion chamber baffle, which is covered with U-238. A tremendous heat will be produced as a result of the contact with the high-energy neutrons. A coolant is conducted to the partition: steaming, it will rotate the turbine special - energy from the latter must actuate lasers.

The authors of the patent note the high efficiency of the device: with the exception of deuterium and tritium, it almost does not need external power sources.

It is reported that laser fusion engine can also run on launch vehicles, missiles and even space ships. However, it still exists only on paper. The engine technology is so complex and questionable in terms of security that the practical implementation of it is not on the agenda yet.

Turbofan engines are used in most modern aircraft, inside which fans and turbine compress air and ignite fuel, creating the necessary thrust for flight.