NORTHWEST PASSAGE--TRADE ROUTE FOR LARGE AIR-CUSHION VEHICLES

For nearly 500 years seafaring nations of the North Atlantic have searched for a Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This report identifies a conceptual vehicle and powerplant (a 9070-metric-ton (10,000-ton) nuclear-powered air-cushion vehicle (ACV)) that could open the Northwest Passage and other Arctic passages to commercial traffic. The report contains a description of the conceptual vehicle, including the powerplant and operations, an assessment of technical feasibility, estimates of capital and operating costs, and identification of eligible cargo and markets. A comparison of the nuclear ACV freighter with nuclear container ships shows that for containerized or roll-on/roll-off cargo the ACV would provide greatly reduced transit time between North Atlantic North Pacific ports at a competitive cost.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lewis Research Center

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Cleveland, OH  USA  44135
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, J L
  • Publication Date: 1973-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 38 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00043945
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA TM X-2684 Tech Memo
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 4 1973 12:00AM