The Stars and Stripes is reporting that the Air Force is planning to test micro nuclear reactors at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska.
The Air Force is planning to test a nuclear micro-reactor at a base in Alaska in coming years as part of the service’s quest for reliable energy sources on its installations.
Correct me if I"m wrong, bu hasn't the Navy been doing this for years on their Nimitz class air bases? And on most of he submarine fleet? Seems like the Air Force could hire a couple of salty old master-chiefs as contractors and have this thing up and running in a couple of weeks.
Changing the subject a bit, I've always wondered why we don't have truck-mounted reactors that could be used to provide electrical power after a natural disaster. This doesn't seem like much of a stretch. Mount the damn ting in a shipping container, hook it to a truck, and take it where you need it. I admit that I am totally ignorant about nuclear reactors, but it seems like we should have figured this out by now.
But, kudos to the Air Force. This seems like a good idea.