This Nuclear-Powered Supersonic Airliner Concept Is A Beautiful Dream

As improbable as it is wonderful

Skies are big and empty. What is stopping us from filling them with massive, supersonic, nuclear-powered jetliners?

Well, other than physics, regulations, a lack of market need, and common sense — almost nothing!

Oscar Viñals in a conceptual artist freed from such constraints, and his vision of a supersonic, nuclear-powered airliner is exists as a sort of beautiful, high-tech dream.

Here’s how Viñals describes his project:

Viñals has no shortage of optimism, and expects planes like this to take the skies in the 2030s.

An earlier Viñals concept, the Progress Eagle proposed a similarly massive aircraft, powered by rows and rows of solar panels on its wings and back.

For the Flash Falcon, Viñals imagines it flying as fast as Mach 3 at altitudes of up to 60,000 feet. The full schematics include engine designs and a special “sonic boom eraser system”, designed to make the superfast behemoth quiet, too.

It is extremely unlikely any aircraft designed like this will ever fly. But it’s a beautiful, big dream of what a futuristic aircraft could possibly be. Keep dreaming as big as the sky, Viñals.

Watch it, animated some more, below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx-wTgnSmPA

[via BBC]

Kelsey D. Atherton
Kelsey D. Atherton

Kelsey D. Atherton is a defense technology journalist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work on drones, lethal AI, and nuclear weapons has appeared in Slate, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.