UAVs to fly for months using miniature nuclear reactors

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By Ami Dor on

UAVs will soon be able to remain in flight for months, instead of days, using miniature nuclear reactors; this according to advanced research done by Northrop Grumman, in cooperation with Sandia National.

The airborne nuclear reactor will also enhance the UAV’s operational capabilities, meaning better weapon systems, surveillance systems and payload capacity. The research was published on the Federation of American Scientists website (FAS).

According to the FAS publication, the project was headed by Dr. Steven B. Bron from Sandia, considered an international expert on nuclear propulsion and an important participant in many scientific conventions dealing with the issue.

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