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Q&A Planning intra-city public air transport

I want to have air transport as the dominant means of public transportation in my fictional city. But how would such a system operate to handle many commuters with maximum efficiency? Specifically ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by PentalimbedP‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by PentalimbedP‭

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Q&A How could a steampunk zeppelin navigate space?

it's my first question here, I'll try to be clear. I'm creating a story where there is a steampunk style civilization that has to face advanced civilizations in planetary and spatial battles. I'm...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Davylink‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Davylink‭

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Q&A Designing rugged bush plane to work on a planet with 3 atmosphere pressure

For practical purposes I think about something in line of Cessna 172. As it was the most produced aircraft, then it must have hit some sweet spot or be near it. atmosphere with barely noticeably ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Shadow1024‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Shadow1024‭

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Q&A Dissipating sonic booms

Alastair Reynolds is a contemporary sci-fi writer whose works often demonstrate a strong grip on science as it presently stands. Recently, I picked up his book On The Steel Breeze for a quick re-re...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by BMF For Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by BMF For Monica‭

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Q&A Fusion powered aircraft methods

I am trying to design a single seat fighter capable of achieving (or getting close to) hypersonic velocities at high altitude. In this universe I am assuming compact fusion is a common technology. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Bradley Knauer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Bradley Knauer‭

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Q&A Storm-proofing Late-Victorian Aircraft

In my world, both lighter- and heavier-than-air craft exist and are rather useful devices. However, problems tend to occur when confronted with storms. Steering through a storm is not a problem in...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A How to blow up water and fly through the wake

I want to achieve the following. Jet + secret base underwater + blow up water with bomb to gain entry to tunnel at bottom of the sea, see image: Say that the depth is 1000m, then Based on calcul...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Adam‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Adam‭

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Q&A Alternate aircraft configurations - would any of them be valid substitutes for conventional tailplanes?

So I'm incubating a few alternate histories in my head. Many of them will butterfly away the Wright Brothers and many other familiar parts of history, and at least one has aircraft development as a...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Thesaurus Rex‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Thesaurus Rex‭

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Q&A How would skeptics know that a single-engine plane could not destroy a falling meteor?

So I'm writing a story and decided to use Hida Furukawa as the location. It has a high school with a field of 650 ft that theoretically could be used for a small aircraft to be use to take off. In ...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by jemiloii‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by jemiloii‭

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Q&A Aircraft that can endure high winds and storms

I'm building a world where all continents are Islands. Since I was interested in giving a little bit of science backup on this particular thing, I decided that the weather was mostly windy and st...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by ShamanOxesque‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ShamanOxesque‭

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Q&A is it possible to detect submarines in a sea from an aircraft? if possible how will it be?

While working on my story, I just came up with this doubt. Is it possible to know or to detect something like a submarine in an ocean from an aircraft with our current technology? I mean to detect ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Peaceman‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Peaceman‭

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Q&A Is this aircraft plausible?

I'm thinking of constructing a flying machine in the comic story I'm working on. Since I'm not an aviation expert, I'll try my best to describe this aircraft and you guys can tell me if this mach...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by ani ben‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by ani ben‭

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Q&A What would happen to an airplane in space?

What would happen to an airplane in space? Or to be more specific, would anything interesting happen to the plane itself, and would the passengers and crew be able to survive for longer than a few ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by ScienceKeanu‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by ScienceKeanu‭

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Q&A Small-scale aviation without fossil fuels

In my setting, fossil fuels do not exist. I'm handwaving an alternative behavior of radioactive material, and alternative magnetism-like forces. These are explained below. My question now is: Can ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Orphevs‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Orphevs‭

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Q&A Problems When Disguising A Spaceship As An Airplane?

Our Heroes are a small group of people around the level of the heroes of The Skylark Of Space. Operating on a budget of maybe ten million dollars, they've built a spacecraft with a mass somewhere a...

8 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by ikrase‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by ikrase‭

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Q&A What planetary conditions would make flight easiest for both lighter than air and heavier than air craft?

What planetary conditions would make flight easiest for both lighter than air and heavier than air craft together? The planet is earth like and habitable, but the conditions can be adjusted to sui...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Slarty‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Slarty‭

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Q&A Could a WWI biplane fly if it were dropped from a high altitude instead of using a runway?

A society lives on geostationary platforms at some vast height above the ground. The platforms themselves are not affected by gravity, wind, etc. Their technology has only just reached the point wh...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by null_dynamic‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by null_dynamic‭

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Q&A How long would it take to build a spaceship?

I'm working on a science fiction story which includes the following premise: Tony Stark invents an unobtainium reactionless engine, and the protagonists want to build a spaceship around it, big eno...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by rwallace‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by rwallace‭

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Q&A Air routes around a "hurricane eye" on a tidally locked planet

On a tidally locked Earth-like planet a big part of long distance air routes would have to approach the hurricane eye and some may even benefit from it. On Earth aircraft are able to save time and...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Shadow1024‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Shadow1024‭

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Q&A How to alter the atmosphere as to make aerospace engines highly volatile?

When thinking about a potential answer to this question about preventing flight in a cyberpunk dystopia, I had an idea that I do no possess sufficient knowledge to prove/disprove.  Thus you'll be t...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by dot_Sp0T‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by dot_Sp0T‭

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Q&A Planes in Saturn

So I'm writing a story that takes place in Saturn's atmosphere, and I've run into a bit of a problem. You see, I wanted it to be possible to have some pretty badass scenes with sci-fi fighter jets ...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Jetscooters‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Jetscooters‭

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Q&A How many Sovjet Era transport planes would be required to transport 30'000 Rhinocerotidae to the southern US border unnoticed?

In a world similar to ours, a mad scientist is bent on preventing the ascendance of one certain individual over the rest of the people inhabiting the northern part of the continental America, also ...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by dot_Sp0T‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by dot_Sp0T‭

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