posted on Jun, 22 2014 @ 06:47 PM
originally posted by: tadaman
a reply to: Astr0
They should use turbines on the aircraft to power mini generators, capacitors, and batteries.
A jet going mach 1 has allot of air flowing over and in it. I would harness that and use it to power a laser.
I bet they want this since there are newer threats from the east that challenge our air superiority.
It makes sense.
I would also consider mini short term nuclear reactors.
a reply to: mindseye1609
Yeah sounds good.
Generating energy by the wind traveling over the plane simply will increase the drag making the engines work harder. All that wind energy is being
generated by the craft's engines propelling it forward, which means the increase in drag will require a greater output of energy from the engines
than the output you would get out of the wind generator. it would be more efficient to simply have some sort rotational output routed directly to a
generator instead of converting several times by harvesting from moving air. But then we still have the problem of massive quantities of energy being
required of the engines for a generator, while still having enough power for the craft to fly normally.
Having some sort of fuel cell, or perhaps chemical explosive power converted to electrical energy would probably be the best best for powering them
right now, but who knows what kind of energy storing technology we'll have by the time they want this to come online. The amounts of energy required
are truly huge, far more than a nuclear reactor small enough to fit on a jet could provide with anything like current tech.
I'm not really understanding the point of a fighter in general anymore, though, if lasers are in the equation. A larger commercial airline sized jet
would be capable of producing a far more powerful, more sustained, and longer ranged laser than a fighter ever could due to simple scale. With lasers
the whole advantage of speed and agility of the craft don't matter since automated controls can flick the turret on target and the beam reaches the
craft faster than any pilot can maneuver anyway.
Seems like a better idea to have some drones slaved to a manned jet that are basically just laser platforms, then you'd have all the advantages of
lasers while the manned jet would still be able to do everything else normally. I'm just trying to think of the handicap a jet with only lasers would
be. I don't imagine there will be any room for guns or missiles with all the laser gear crammed into every nook and cranny, so what happens when the
atmospheric conditions are bad, or your power system fails, etc and your basically a sitting duck.