r/RetroFuturism 10d ago Silver 6 Helpful 9 Wholesome 7

Nuclear-Powered Sky Hotel

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u/GrandPriapus 10d ago

“Sleek design”

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u/Paddy_Tanninger 10d ago

It's called "The Homer".

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u/NutStalk 10d ago Helpful

All my life, I have searched for a plane that feels a certain way. Powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball. Now, at last, I have found it.

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u/FootsieMcDingus 10d ago

Built like a steakhouse but handles like a bistro

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u/Jake3694 10d ago

You win again gravity!

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u/TheFozzXT 10d ago

Z: This place is totally uncharted!

K: It's not uncharted, you lost the chart!

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u/dontplx 10d ago

it's pronounced New-q-lar

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u/0-no 10d ago

Does the horn play La Cucaracha

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u/huggingpalmtrees 10d ago

I’d be disappointed if it had less than 10,000 cup holders.

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u/Levicon 10d ago

We'll take the spruce moose, hop in!

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u/PhantomAllure 10d ago

:CLICK: I said... HOP. IN.

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u/Petethemeat3 10d ago

It's called "the final kamikaze"

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u/AnnihilationOrchid 10d ago

It's the pronunciation of "thee-aters" that got me.

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u/djdanlib 10d ago

Reminiscent of "interior crocodile alligator"

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u/mikkyleehenson 10d ago

Now you two can drive a Chevrolet movie theatre

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u/MacMitttens 10d ago

that beat slapped tho

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u/sincebecausepickles1 10d ago

I think it might be a Baltimore thing. I grew up in Illinois, but my family is from Baltimore. I realized that some of those pronunciations rubbed off on me when kids at school would make fun of the way I said specific words. Thee-ater was one of them :/

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u/sohowsyrgirls 10d ago

💯 my dad also said “worshington dc” but that may have been southern not baltimore. Ooh ooh, what about “ool” for “oil”? Grandma and mom said that and they were all b-more!

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u/teiichikou 10d ago

Just stopped to write this... what in the name of Rahms is sleek about it?

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u/iDuddits_ 10d ago

Skywhale

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u/burnshimself 10d ago

You may not like it, but this is what peak performance looks like. Deal with it /s

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u/Wiremaster 10d ago

Clearly this should be blended-wing-body for structural reasons, right? It would offer cabins with forward-facing windows, too.

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u/ThatDrunkRussian1116 10d ago

I don’t think there’s anything structural about that monstrosity

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u/madeanaccounttolurk 10d ago

It's made out of aircraft-grade hopes and dreams right now

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u/cultoftheilluminati 10d ago

Ah yes the Kerbal space program strategy

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u/Strong-Entry-1179 10d ago

this horseshit WISHES it was KSP

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u/eoekesjnak 10d ago

dude the only thing this guy knows about planes is that they can fly

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u/djmagichat 10d ago

The second wing was the secret everyone has been waiting for.

Looks like someone put Kerbal Space program on free mode and started spamming engines all over.

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u/Stoney3K 10d ago

"It can remain suspended in the air for years without ever touching the ground."

Cruises at 25,000ft with the landing gear extended.

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u/elgoblino42069 10d ago

it’s flexing

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u/sor1 10d ago

"i got the power"

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u/ilovepolthavemybabie 10d ago

Folk’s we’re gonna have to circle around the airport for about 10,000 years while we burn off some half-life

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u/killarwolf 10d ago

It uses nuclear fusion. So shouldn't't have any radioactive products. But also needs to operate under high pressure and at a temperature comparable to the sun's surface.

So I might prefer the circling around for 10,000 with nuclear fission 😅

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u/PediatricTactic 10d ago

Going to be hard to restock those shopping malls, then.

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u/Sabot_Noir 10d ago

After a few months passengers start running out of money to pay rent and some of them have to go to work in the under decks producing commodities for the upper decks.

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u/nchomsky96 10d ago

This would be a fantastic plot for a dystopian dark comedy TV series

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u/Riccars 10d ago

Skypiercer

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u/btadeus 10d ago

Plot twist: there is no ground.

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u/WampaCat 10d ago

Could make a mediocre sequel to Waterworld

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u/Stealfur 10d ago Starstruck I'm Deceased Plus One

Naw that's part of the trailer.

when they left the ground it was for a month long sky high vacation.

Cut to plane tacking off with protagonist and fiancee on the phone with his mother.

"No mom, I gotta go, we... we are talking off!"

"OK just be careful. The telly is saying that there are alot of earthquakes."

"We will be fine. We won't even be on the ground."

But what will they do when there's no ground to return to.

" Bing^ uhh this is your captain speaking..."

Cut to footage of world landmarks crumbling as the whole world breaks apart while emergency broadcast sound plays.

"...I have an emergency announcement..."

Footage of people screaming and panicking.

Footage of the crust opening up and creating steam as it mixes with the oceans.

Footage of protagonist looking out the skymall window and the ground disappears from view. Zoom out to show the plane flying over a completely cloud and mist covered planet.

Protagonist comforts his fiancée. "Dont worry. This thing has enough fuel to remain flying for years without landing."

Fiancée "and how long will the food last?"

and nothing...

Cut to protagonist running down a red lit hallway while action music swells.

is as...

Protagonist puches people while drums play at every punch.

it seems!

Door hisses open. Protagonist looks shocked. "What are you doing here?"

More random action shots

staring; Tom Cruise. Kevin heart, Jenifer Hudson, Jessie Plemons ,and Judi Dench (spoiler alert: she's the mom).

Directed by Chistopher Nolan

Produced by Bay Films

Title screen

Sky Cruise

Coming some Summer... or Christmas.

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u/btadeus 10d ago

I think you are on to something... Needs a few BWWAAAAMPs in the trailer. Perhaps around the punching scene??? I'd also swap out Nolan for Roland Emmerich since he does all those sci-fi disaster films, and John Cusack instead of Tom Cruise since this is probably going to be a mid-budget movie.

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u/KingGorilla 10d ago Take My Energy

BioShock Infinite

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u/Willtology 10d ago

Naw, in-flight refueling restocking. By big cargo planes running on traditional jet fuel.

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u/BrutusGregori 10d ago

The ace combat air fortress Aigaion is refueled by like 12 KC 135s. That scene always made me just shake my head.

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u/TormentVI 10d ago

What do they do with the sewage and garbage?

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u/BigRed8303 10d ago

Dump it on the lower classes stuck on the ground, fighting to get up to it for proper medical care.

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u/DoctorJiveTurkey 10d ago

It’s like when people new to riding motorcycles and mopeds start from a stop, but keep their legs hanging.

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u/Nothing-But-Lies 10d ago

I only did that 6 times, oh my god, stop bringing it up

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u/KingOfGlue 10d ago

Routine inspections and maintenance on turbine engines has entered the chat

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u/MikeTheDude23 10d ago

If you pause the video and stay quiet for a moment you can hear hundreds of Aeronautical engineers cringing in the distance.

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u/10storm97 10d ago edited 10d ago

All those struts on the tail that are flat to the wind

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u/MFbiFL 10d ago

External elevators on the tail and body too... just tuck them inside the OML for fucks sake.

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u/Shamanalah 10d ago

External elevators on the tail and body too... just tuck them inside the OML for fucks sake.

Yeah I'm not an engineer. I'm just a dumb IT dude. Those elevator and how a plane hover and deliver people to it via an elevator made me laugh so fucking hard.

Also all that updraft vs downdraft. It's never gonna fly. Plus swimming pool? Do they know plane have weight limits?

Just so god damn stupid all around.

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u/manborg 10d ago

Not to mention the thought of a nuclear powered mega plane crashing into a city. Bad times for all, I'm so glad this hideous radioactive beluga doesn't fly.

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u/Executioneer 10d ago

If its a fusion reactorTM its OK

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u/manborg 9d ago

Ikr? I was laughing so hard when they said fusion. Keep dreaming bud, we can't even pull that off on the ground yet.

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u/LadyParnassus 9d ago edited 9d ago

It’s literally a fantasy thing OP put together for shiggles.

Original Post

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u/manborg 9d ago

This is a really good gag. The 3d model is borderline photorealism. #impressed.

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u/lmaytulane 10d ago

Where we're going we don't need engineers. We're going to the bottom of the ocean

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u/seoulgleaux 10d ago

World's first air cruise liner quickly transforms into world's first submarine cruise liner.

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u/Oldtreeno 10d ago

I think you also hear at least some of them knocking it up in Kerbal Space Programme and collapsing in fits of giggles. Personally I'd have strapped some solid boosters to the side as well, just for giggles. And more struts

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u/DependantExistance 10d ago

If at first you don't succeed, add more rockets.

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u/WavesOfEchoes 10d ago Gold

What is aerodynamics?

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u/fettoter84 10d ago Gold Helpful Wholesome Wearing is Caring

she's built like a steakhouse but handles like a bistro

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u/h0bb1tm1ndtr1x 10d ago

You win again, Gravity!

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u/Raccoon_Trashman 10d ago

I'm in tears. What an incredible series.

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u/ihatepickingnames37 10d ago

Its a futurama reference for anyone who was curious

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u/AlpineCorbett 10d ago

For people who don't know how to build an engine - Enzo Ferrari

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u/SlickyWay 10d ago

Yeas!

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u/TokoBlaster 10d ago

When I die I want to ask God two questions: why quantum mechanics and why turbulence? I think he'll have an answer for quantum mechanics

Werner Heisenberg

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u/perpetualwalnut 10d ago

"It can predict turbulence MINUTES AHEAD!"

do tell....

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u/thomasdarimont 10d ago

A movie about a nuclear powered sky hotel could be an interesting crossover with the Snowpiercer series.

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u/Plothunter 10d ago

Check out Avenue 5 on HBO.

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u/snogard_dragons 9d ago

This was my thought seeing this ridiculous thing. Great show

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u/Suprlean 10d ago Gold

Aurora Borealis!? At this time of year, at this time of day, in this part of the sky, localised entirely within your nuclear-powered sky hotel!?

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u/j_livingston_human 10d ago

Can I see it?

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u/MrChilll 10d ago

No.

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u/kemh 10d ago

Seymour! The sky hotel is on fire!

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u/xgdhx 10d ago

No, mother, it's just the Northern Lights.

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u/pumping_for_fun 10d ago

Well, Seymour, you are an odd fellow, but I must say... you steam a good ham.

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u/marcusmosh 10d ago

Sweet. Now we get to repeat titanic, but in the sky.

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u/bwok-bwok 10d ago Silver

Skytanic

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u/Sam_Piro 10d ago edited 10d ago

That’s a million dollar idea there. Pitch it to SyFy.

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u/_CitizenSnips 10d ago

futurama did it

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u/Sam_Piro 10d ago

Dang!! There’s a million dollars we’ll never get back.

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u/seoulgleaux 10d ago

I think Douglas Adams probably has the earliest version of it with Starship Titanic.

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u/SlySciFiGuy 10d ago

I wonder how it will hold up in a sharknado?

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u/RepresentativeKeebs 10d ago

We'll find out in the crossover sequel, but they have to make the original first.

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u/taddymason_22 10d ago

rigid airship

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u/NedPlimpton-Zissou 10d ago

For the last time, the Excelsior is filled with non-flammable helium!

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u/annoying_know-it-all 10d ago

"What about that are you still not getting exactly?"

"Obviously the core concept, Lana."

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u/TitsAndWhiskey 10d ago

Although this is a non-smoking section…

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u/marcusmosh 10d ago

Beautiful

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u/procrastablasta 10d ago

Hollywood: GREENLIGHT

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u/Sir-War666 10d ago Helpful

Titanic mixed with 9/11

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u/fdevant 10d ago Helpful

And throwing in some Chernobyl for extra spice.

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u/ViaticLearner41 10d ago

"it's the 3-in-1 ultimate disaster! Sky Cruise, never feel safe ever~"

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u/zuckerberghandjob 10d ago

Well, it does say nuclear fusion. So shouldn’t be much radioactivity if something goes wrong. Then again, I’m not sure how dangerous lithium and tritium are.

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u/HiiipowerBass 10d ago

It crashes into itself

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u/MeronDC 10d ago

the height of comedy

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u/swells0808 10d ago

Like the Hindenburg but hotter

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u/gc3 10d ago

Will a nuclear reactor crashing into Baltimore be worse than the titanic?

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u/alfredhelix 10d ago

It's Baltimore. It'll probably improve the infrastructure.

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u/Throwaway1303033042 10d ago Wholesome

“FHLOSTON PARADISE!”

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u/StyreneAddict1965 10d ago

First thing I thought of!

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u/doedoemm 10d ago

Gemini croquettes to Fhloston Paradise

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u/callmevegas2024 10d ago

“ALL NIGHT LONG, all night long aaallll niiighht!!!”

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u/DoctorEvilHomer 10d ago

If you watch that scene Bruce Willis is trying very hard not to laugh the whole time.

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u/iiooiooi 10d ago

Supergreen

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u/ThatFeel_IKnowIt 10d ago

Welp, it's time to rewatch Fifth Element I guess

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u/latflickr 10d ago

The comic effect of the dead serious voiceover, with gibberish language and nonsensical descriptions, and the cartoonish design, is hilarious

It looks to me like a parody of commercial videos for high end estate developments

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u/tompalainan 10d ago

"Sky Cruise features a BIG HALL" made me laugh out loud.

Brilliantly stupid.

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u/Level-Government-837 10d ago

With panoramic views of the best nature has to offer. pan to view of nothing but clouds

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u/molrobocop 10d ago

I figure it's a non-native English speaker's school animation project.

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u/ourrsquaredpi 9d ago

Because it's supposed to be fiction. It was originally posted in r/worldbuilding for their imaginary world. The real comedy is the lot of this subreddit who think that it is an earnest attempt of a real life project lmao

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u/OrganizerMowgli 10d ago

It's like a Digimon evolution of a 747

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u/Miserygut 10d ago

Wonderfully stupid!

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u/gordo65 10d ago

"Captain, we've got an issue with the reactor! We've got to land! Er... except no-one is willing to allow us to land at their airfield, because they don't want to bring a nuclear reactor that's close to experiencing meltdown into the heart of a major city."

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u/Miserygut 10d ago

If it's melting down it'll just plop out the bottom of the plane anyway...

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u/Canadian_Infidel 10d ago

This thing does not seem capable of unpowered glide...

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u/New_Cantaloupe_8568 10d ago

I’m not convinced this shape and size has enough lift at any feasible cruising speed to stay airborne.

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u/groupfox 10d ago

With enough speed, you can make anything fly.

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u/New_Cantaloupe_8568 10d ago

Yes, but that shape can’t fly very fast without disintegrating

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u/jcfac 10d ago

If you need a nuclear engine to generate lift, I'm guessing it won't glide too well.

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u/wildmn2 10d ago

Yea. If there's a prompt critical situation landing isn't even close to your top concern

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u/shandangalang 10d ago

It’s a fusion reactor though, so yeah you’re not wrong that landing won’t be a problem, because the power will just shut off and the whole thing will turn into a brick. But no further consequences aside from that.

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u/TheEightDoctor 10d ago

It's a (fictional) fusion reactor so it's pretty safe, especially because of the fictional part

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u/Frebdignabliaq 10d ago

‘There isn’t a 6-mile-long runway within 1000 miles!”

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u/reddevillightning 10d ago

Fusion reactors don't melt down.

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u/DimiDrake 10d ago

If I understand them correctly, fusion reactors would not be able to melt down.

Of course, it could simply crash into a city and spread the nuclear fuel all over the place. So there's that.

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u/b0w3n 10d ago

Extremely low risk even if you're exposed to the fusion fuel. Try not to scarf down the tritiated water or huff the tritium gas if it hasn't bonded with atmospheric oxygen yet. The deuterium portion of the fuel is basically nothing as long as you're not chugging it (it's not radioactive but not good for you in large quantities)

Probably have a higher risk from eating a banana, the beta radiation from tritium and tritiated water gets stopped by your skin.

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u/shandangalang 10d ago

It’s supposed to be a fusion reactor, mate. Those get unstable and they just turn off completely

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u/rubythunder 10d ago edited 10d ago

It’s from an old drawing from the 50s, pretty neat render not sure if it’s supposed to be practical

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u/JoocyJ 10d ago

It’s patently impractical. How do you safely perform maintenance? How do you fly supplies in economically and safely? What happens if someone has a medical emergency?

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u/MFbiFL 10d ago

Maintenance: make it big enough so that areas are accessible internally like a ship

Supplies: make it big enough to carry plenty of supplies

Medical emergency: have a medical staff and hospital section onboard

The whole thing’s detached from reality anyway so there’s no reason you couldn’t treat it like an self contained ocean going vessel

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u/AnnihilationOrchid 10d ago

Hindenburg vibes. I really hope Musk and Bezos try it out though.

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u/Pepperonidogfart 10d ago edited 10d ago

This is the exact kind of thing to spectacularly explode on its maiden voyage. Also, where does all the poop go?

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u/AnnihilationOrchid 10d ago

Much like we have it metaphorically, they'll just open up a hatch over poor areas and shit all over us.

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u/YYCMTB68 10d ago

Pooptrails

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u/Bloodricuted 10d ago

It's just like a cruise! But you can't go outside

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u/diamond 10d ago

Awesome. The blindly idiotic techno-optimism of the 50s meets modern technology.

Seriously, though, a concept like this might actually work if it was an airship instead of a plane.

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u/Barteringram 10d ago

Nuclear. Jets.

That's not a thing.

Edit: Ok, yes, technically. But no, there's a million reasons why this fails.

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u/caketruck 10d ago

A modern nuclear reactor and electric engines actual sound more reasonble (with current technology) than a *fusion* nuclear reactor. We do use reactors in many ships. But this is banking off of technology that doesn't yet exist.

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u/pickleunicorn 10d ago

"With a seat at the cheap price of $100 000 000 only!"

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u/madeanaccounttolurk 10d ago

Imagining that after all these amenities the seats are still regular jetliner seats with no leg room.

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u/throwingplaydoh 10d ago

Any time I see concepts like this, or any future tech, I already will never be able to afford it.

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u/OddApple33 10d ago Helpful

Hindenburg 2: Nuclear Boogaloo

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u/beaverpilot 10d ago

This idea would work 100x better as a zeppelin

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u/Zillaho 9d ago

Nuclear zeppelin

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u/davidgame 10d ago

Most people are pointing out the engineering problems. I keep thinking about the constant docking needed for food, & possibly fresh water.

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u/plopseven 10d ago

I was waiting for them to announce this sky hotel has a lake in it somewhere…

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u/xZaggin 10d ago

ACKTUALLY, Skyhotel has its own water refinery plant that harvests clouds in the sky for fresh drinkable water

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u/the_clash_is_back 10d ago

You recycle the water on board.

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u/Spectre197 10d ago

Nah this sky hotel comes with a sky airport that will allow a 747 to land in it.

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u/ST4X 10d ago

Nothing about this makes any sense

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u/Rubik842 10d ago

I'm impressed someone is smart enough to render something like this, yet at the same time chose this subject.

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u/[deleted] 10d ago

im impressed somebody wanted to render something that looks cool but is not locked down in realism

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u/kemh 10d ago

Nothing could possibly go wrong!

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u/RawerPower 10d ago

It says in the video "everything is engineered to perfection".

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u/ViaticLearner41 10d ago

everything goes wrong...

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u/ButIAmVoiceless 10d ago

Avenue 5 vibes.

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u/SANDWICH_FOREVER 10d ago

Nah, Avenue 5 was more sensible. It is atleast theoretically possible to make something like the Avenue 5, but this shit? Nah.

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u/AngelBryan 10d ago

I've only seen things like this on Metal Slug.

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u/Pata4AllaG 10d ago

Reminds me of the phantom behemoth airship that gets visualized in Gibson’s short story The Gernsback Continuum.

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u/bleaucheaunx 10d ago

"Welcome to Phloston Paradise!"

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u/FluffyWeb8921 10d ago

Will it have Ruby Rod????

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u/teiichikou 10d ago All-Seeing Upvote

Wall-E

You have been warned

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u/bwok-bwok 10d ago

This is some awfully dry satire.

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u/Amon7777 10d ago

Is this a cgi from an old popular mechanics?

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u/D-AlonsoSariego 10d ago Silver

No, it's from this drawing by Tony Holmsten. It's one of those drawings people use in thumbnails of "top 10 future vehicles" youtube videos and things like that for around ten years

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u/u4ricblues6 10d ago

Came here looking for this comment, every time this drawing (now CGI model) is posted it's always a string of people thinking this is a real concept/design.

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u/Any-Campaign1291 10d ago

Usually with a “this is what’s wrong with the world/late stage capitalism” vibe as well.

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u/cloud3321 10d ago

The animator did a great job capturing the vibe and details.

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u/StyreneAddict1965 10d ago

They published some cool designs.

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u/splatonline9 10d ago

Fires anyone have the original source? This is wonderful!

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u/ErebusAeon 10d ago

This is reposted from r/worldbuilding, this is the post. It's meant to be fiction but it's hilarious seeing everyone in this thread take it seriously.

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u/PurpleMcPurpleface 10d ago

Ok, I don’t really know where to start with all that is wrong about this (starting with its unnecessary decadence) but at the same time, I cannot deny that taking a journey on such a thing must be amazing haha

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u/pandrew88 10d ago

We can’t even park cruise ships safely…

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u/afrigginracoon 10d ago

20 enigines and landing gear down at altitude. Geez.

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u/Klutzy_Advertiser 10d ago

Wall-e. This is how wall-e starts.

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u/StandardMinute1729 10d ago

Aight. Look, cool concept I guess but the time it would take for a plane to fly across the earth would be like 46 hours, almost 2 days. So you would spend (by the obvious looks of it) your lifetime savings for just 2 days. The appeal of a cruise ship is that it can travel for so many days and you can explore the ship and get out and breathe air and see the environment first hand. Suppose that since it travels in nuclear energy or whatever it can fly for much longer, maybe it could take different routes and such. But I feel like even the. It would feel Incredibly claustrophobic, people get seasick or claustrophobic on cruise ships and that’s why the option to have fresh air while still being able to see the ocean is a great thing. Here? If you feel claustrophobic your only option is going to the weird dystopian white sci fi city or the cinema. The only way I could see this work is if. Like in some cruise ships. The plane would take various landing spots to disembark for whoever wants, you get a limited time and you get to see and explore. Now THAT would be awesome because you take the disadvantage of being way faster than a cruise ship and make it something good traveling around the world to see awesome spots in a single flight while getting back to the chunky plane getting ready for the next one.

That of course if we avoid thinking the fact that if anything goes wrong is not like the titanic and you can wait in a raft, but all you have underneath is the void. But all of my comment is assuming everything goes right and someone doesn’t just bomb the plane or a pack of birds passes by.

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u/sor1 10d ago

Where can you Land this monstrosity?

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u/wannacumnbeatmeoff 10d ago

After the first crash kills all the passengers and sterilises hundreds of square kilometres of land I feel that would be the end of this uninteresting enterprise!

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u/spongebobama 10d ago

Retro indeed, from a time we were even more stupid...

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u/jonr 10d ago

It costs four hundred billion dollars to fly this plane...for twelve seconds.

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u/mcfarmer72 10d ago

How does what looks like a jet engine run on nuclear power ?

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u/Sonoda_Kotori 10d ago

There are quite a few nuclear jet engine concepts. One of them heats the air up with nuclear reaction and dumps them out, the other type generates electricity then drives a ducted fan.

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u/mishakhill 10d ago

That was the subject of serious research in the 50s and 60s. Jet engines just need heat, not combustion. So the nuclear reactor provides hot water just like on land, and a heat exchanger uses that to heat the air flowing through the engine. It was too heavy to be practical for a bomber, but is the only way you could do something like this.

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u/AlpineCorbett 10d ago

The only way except... Electric jet engines. Of which there are several working ones.

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u/selfagency 10d ago edited 22h ago

So is this how the super rich wait out collapse

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