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Old October 11th, 2008, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by G. Fieendish View Post
I suspect that if tantalum is fairly cheap, then it'll be used in hypersonic aircraft or orbital interface spaceplanes as well as starships...
( A 1957 Hypersonic aircraft design study by Hanley-Page Aircraft, argued that a Tantalum-based alloy could be used to resist kinetic heating enough, so that speeds of Mach 7 could be obtainable from said vehicle...).
It's probably not necessary to isotopically separate it. Simply take the refined metal, blast it a nuclear reactor was that a proportion is the nuclear isomer 180m and then use.
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