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our studies indicate that airplanes with projected fueled propulsion systems wouldntt rneet the tesired chemical of extreme range without introducing the compricated requirement staging. The solution, we feel., to l-ong-r"ogJ aircraftcolcept of the atmosphere 1ies with nuclear power. In the Mach flying witJrin 4,25 version, two nuclear rarrrjets would Power it during cruise with system used for take-off and. three auxilialy units for an auxiliary boost randing. The crew would 6e in a compartrnent shielded from tJre reactor, t&e electronics and armament payload.

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rt appears to be feasible to,solve the high temperature problem by flying at high artitudes to reduce the heating rate and a rnulti-layet st-ructure with high temperatur.:iosulated. by designing by radiation. w'e are arso considering other techniques skin cooled be applied during transients such as tlanspiraiio'coolingwhich would and -----'6 e'ru ablation technigues. Do we face anv rnaterials lac

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