posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 09:47 AM
originally posted by: Sammamishman
a reply to: Psynic
Agreed. With something like THIS and Lockmart's
FUSION REACTOR PROJECT an all electric drive system powerful enough to keep an aircraft in the air for long
periods of time might not be that far fetched.
I'm thinking more Tesla power than Fermi.
I only mentioned submarines and rail guns because, when the combination appeared in the news, I was baffled at such a delirious announcement by the
USN. It coincided with the miraculous rise of Zen electric cars and explosion into the stock market, followed by it's immediate disappearance from
the electric vehicle industry and partnership with Lockheed for something described at the time as, an aircraft on-board electrical generator.
The theory is, 'Zen Motors', who were rumoured to have made a breakthrough in electric vehicle propulsion were bought off by the MIC/API.
The USN later explained the over-enthusiasm and retraction of the 'Rail Guns on Subs' project as a realization that a sub would be giving up stealth
by surfacing to fire a railgun. What I could never understand was where they were going to get that much EXTRA electricity on an existing boat? There
was talk of using 2 or 4 (can't remember) of the missile launch tubes to accommodate the gun and it's related systems (?) They seemed to 'be beside
themselves with excitement', prematurely releasing evidence of a watershed moment in electrical generation, very strange for the USN.
The other synchronous event that tied in to the heady days after this new energy device was 'discovered', was the contract to build the USS
, the first, supposedly, 'all-electric warship, and a much more logical platform for a rail gun than a converted boomer.
This, admittedly thin, chronological line of events is what I'm speculating on for the possibility of a 'Unity Plus' breakthrough.
Without some sort of new, undisclosed, power source, NOT dependent on fossil fuel or fusion, I don't think the Phantom can ever be anything more than
a proof of concept demonstrator, without any "real" plane ever to be forthcoming.