Monday, April 2, 2012

US Nuclear-Powered Drones Next New Generation Of Air Stealthy Snipers From the Sky To Fly For Months Without Refueling

""U.S. government researchers have drawn up plans for a new generation of nuclear-powered drones capable of flying over remote regions of the world for months on end without refuelling, as reported by Nick Fielding at The Guardian.

Sandia National Laboratories — the government's principal nuclear research and development agency — and defense contractor Northrop Grumman developed the blueprints for the new unmanned air vehicles.

The highly sensitive research into "ultra-persistence technologies" set out to solve three problems associated with drones: insufficient hang time over a potential target, lack of power for running surveillance and weapons systems, and lack of capacity for communications.""

""From The Guardian:
A halt has been called to the work for now, due to worries that public opinion will not accept the idea of such a potentially hazardous technology, with the inherent dangers of either a crash – in effect turning the drone into a so-called dirty bomb – or of its nuclear propulsion system falling into the hands of terrorists or unfriendly powers.

The Project Accomplishment Summary stated that the results will not be put to use because of "political realities" despite the fact that "the technical goals for the project were accomplished."""

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