Experimental eMother Hawk [eMH]
and ePATCO
Initially, this project starts with several deductions:
  • The ~size of the eMother Hawk [eMH] shall be ~1/20th the size of the Mother Hawk, which was designed to be the same ~size as the Global Hawk.
  • The number of Pilot/Air-Traffic-Controllers [PATC] to be accommodated by one ePATC Operations shall be three teams of two PATCs each, ie six PATCs, for 24-hour-7-day/week control of one flock of up-to-500 Gavin Hawks (carrying up-to-5000 passengers, total/flock) with one eMH in the air for several times the ~30 hour duration of Global Hawks, before refueling.
  • The observational, circular, foot-print of an eMH shall 1/4th the Gavin Hawks's (currently), ie ~50 miles in diameter, covering an area about 1/16th of the area covered by an MH, requiring 16 eMHs to saturate coverage for the same area.
  • The engines of eMH shall use nuclear fuel [NF], and be suitable for up-sizing to serve as  Mother Hawk [MHe] engines, to extend MH's flight-time duration from 30 hours up-to-at-least 3 months. This permitted reducing the number of MHs from over 200, to cover the World's surface to 46.
  • The R&D associated with Gavin Hawks's vertical take-off and landing is not required for small numbers of (46) MHs, but may be justified for experimental development of eMHs and also semi-mass-production [SMP] of MHs [SMP-MH] of the same size as eMH.
  • However, basing eMH and SMP-MH designs on Gavin Hawks  makes possible sharing R&D to allow both SeaHawks to use short, lake or sea areas for infrequent take-off and landing, along with large aircraft carriers as opposed to ~40-foot circles on  roofs and back (or front) yards.
  • A hundred, or so,  SMP-MHs (for spot-control of areas up-to-50 miles in diameter) could be used for small Nations, States, Zones and Islands (Which do not require full-sized MH to be used): Thus, lowering the number of MH from 46 to 23, and cuts the cost by 50%.
  • And arranging patterns of SMP-MH according to traffic route patterns (supported by small PATCOs) may reduce the MHs by half again to 12 or 15*, and the cost by about 67%. Based on $15m/MH, the saving of $462m gives up-to-462 SMP-MH @ $1m/SMP-MHs could be afforded. Let's try 200 SMP-MH and 15 MH w/saving of $262m.
*The original estimate required nuclear powered MHs to cover the entire UK 24/7, with no need to plan for traffic routes.
BTW:The first two days of work (end of August 2011) on eMH suggests serious consideration of  planning for 15 MHs and 200 SMP-MHs w/saving of ($262m and) two or three years of production time of 200 to 15 MHs, speeding up the ability of PATCOs to handle 8m Hydrogen cell fueled [HFc] Gavin Hawks (in up-to 16k flocks) carrying 80m passengers/day, with zero pollution, instead of 40% man-made
CO2 pollution, flying on Fossil Fueled [FF] airplanes..

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