Monday, July 7, 2014

Future (Silly) Aircraft Technology Concepts

by SandWyrm


If you thought the video I posted on the Russian mini-tank drone was a silly fantasy, you ain't seen nothing yet. BAE takes the cake with this one. The laser idea is the only one with legs at all, but that would require FAR more electrical power than a small aircraft could hope to generate.

9 comments:

  1. I guess the B in BEA stands for bull...

    The parasite fighter concept has been tried before. It always fails when put up against a regular plane with mid-air refueling. It's also a lot saver to dock with a fuel probe than to dock two fuselages.

    And the 3D printing thing? Can you imagine getting a PC_LOAD_LETTER error when printing a smart bomb? Probably more efficient to launch with multiple payloads, than a payload manufacturing system. Especially considering you need to carry the manufacturing materials as well.

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    1. "Awe, the rare-earth-magnet cartridge is empty. Guess the missile is useless now."

      Yeah, just dumb. A better idea would be the 3D printing of small replacement parts back at the base.

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  2. The dumb in the 3d printing idea is the print time. They're presenting it as basically a star-trek replicatior. At least the other tech seems achievable.

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    1. Self-healing aircraft skins are doable now (imperfect patching of holes), but the idea of the aircraft's frame being fixed in-flight, or the fix being seamless instead of looking like a glob of windblown goo, is laughable.

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  3. Why not just print a cold fusion device and snuff out the volcano! ;)

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  4. So that's how they did it in the Ace Combat games! 3d print your missiles...it all makes sense now.

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  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28216526
    LAWLALALALALALALAL

    I wonder if they'll rate this along side the goofy 1960s robot videos some day.

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    1. Awe... Bless their hearts...

      (In the US South that really means "You're so retarded...")

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  6. The laser system is actually not only plausible, it was actually in development back in 2006 by a couple universities and think-tanks, including mine. The femtosecond laser system doesn't DETONATE missiles like the video shows, but it uses an extremely brief energetic pulse to sever electronic components and render the missile a dud. You don't need giant power generators to do it, you need modest power generation and a good capacitor. As I understand it, precise targeting through unpredictable air densities was the biggest hurdle at the time.

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