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Originally posted by Frank_Saturn
The first big problem would be the cost of the rocket fuel, who would give that away tax free and at the below cost price of zero.
Second, We need to get the space elevator working and extremely efficient on pulling mass away from Earth's gravity.
Third, attach ion propulsion on a cohesive ball of trash then navigate it unmanned to the sun.
Here you go...
I need some research grants, and a think tank to offer me some work, but noooo I need a diploma and a stable work history lol.
Holla atcha boy!
Originally posted by BrianInRI
I have often wondered a similar idea. Getting rid of nuclear waste in a similar manner. I have no idea of the cost or feasability, but it seems like a good idea.
President Obama and the Department of Energy are working to restart America’s nuclear industry to help meet our energy and climate challenges and create thousands of new jobs. The Administration is fully committed to ensuring that long-term storage obligations for nuclear waste are met.
The President has made clear that Yucca Mountain is not an option for waste storage. The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, led by Congressman Lee Hamilton and General Brent Scowcroft, will conduct a comprehensive review of policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, and will provide recommendations for developing a safe, long-term solution to managing the Nation’s used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.
On March 3, 2010, the Department of Energy filed a motion with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to withdraw the license application for a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain with prejudice. The President’s fiscal year 2011 budget request eliminates funding for the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management. The Office of Nuclear Energy will lead used fuel activities previously performed by OCRWM.
Originally posted by Arbitrageur
WTF???? What's this "long term storage"? What about disposal and a permanent solution? We can't keep handing off this problem to our kids and grandkids, especially if the nuclear industry is going to get restarted.
We've been trying to figure out what to do with the nuclear waste for decades and still have no idea? Sending it into the sun is sounding pretty good about now. That disposal cost should be factored into the cost effectiveness of operating nuclear facilities as we consider restarting the nuclear industry.
Grossman pointed to NASA documents showing that the agency's Mars Exploration Rover 2003 has a 1-in-230 chance of an "accident that releases radioactive materials into the environment."
But Newhouse says that in Prometheus, conventional rockets will take the craft past the atmosphere; only then will the reactor be switched on. Before that, the highly enriched uranium-235 inside is "just a hunk of metal," Newhouse said -- not particularly dangerous.
The Astrium space jet will take off and land conventionally from a standard airport using its jet engines. At about 12 km altitude, a rocket engine takes over to boost the vehicle's altitude to approximately 100 km. After atmospheric re-entry, the jet engines are again restarted for landing.
Well we've launched radioactive stuff into space already right?
Originally posted by weedwhacker
But, since accidents DO happen, on occasion, let's not test boundaries, OK?