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by Maui
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2074
Views: 216473

Re: SpaceX News

Payload is not boring! I'm praying this launch, more than any others, goes off without a hitch!
by Maui
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 131
Views: 24441

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

I found the 8¢/kWh target disheartening. Nevermind gas, even wind/solar + storage is going to be beating that before TAE would have any potential to have something to market.
by Maui
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2074
Views: 216473

Re: SpaceX News

As I wait to wait today's launch of CRS-14, I am wondering why they are not recovering the recycle flights to pick apart for use stresses of multiple flights. It would seem to be a potential wealth of knowledge they could carry forward regarding engineering and material costs. I was thinking the sa...
by Maui
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 131
Views: 24441

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

I haven't listened yet, but saw this was posted:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtcrb-Q4QQc
by Maui
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2074
Views: 216473

Re: SpaceX News

Skipjack wrote:Another boring launch. That is now number 50...

I was just noticing they have 5 (!) lined up for April. Looks like they're trying hard to have the next 50 done in a year.
by Maui
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 131
Views: 24441

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

I can't help but be extremely impressed by the 300 ms confinement time that PPPL achieved with their relatively tiny FRC, which is employing a rotating magnetic field to stabilize it. That is a lot longer than the 12 ms achieved by TAE. It was my understanding that the only thing limiting longer co...
by Maui
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 131
Views: 24441

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

Oh, guess I just needed to read Slipjack’s link: 50M. I have to say TAE’s plan for a net power machine by 2020 is the most tangible hope to date I’ve had for fusion. Almost enough to make me start thinking this is actually happening...
by Maui
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 131
Views: 24441

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

I know Norman is not supposed to get them to PB11, but are there any more specific goals for Norman besides “hotter”? I think I recall a couple years ago 100M being mentioned, but I don’t recall reading any specific number since then.
by Maui
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 131
Views: 24441

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

And twice as hot, so far (20 million C). Are they still aiming for about 100 million C on Norman?
by Maui
Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2658
Views: 441206

Re: Mach Effect progress

My main concern is Woodward, Fearn, Boldrini, etc. are all academics. What we really need is an intrapreneur; a capitalist that see what is possible and WANT to get it done. Hmm, like Elon? Hey, he has a rocket too. And plenty of money. And plenty of ways to put a working MEGA drive to use. Elon, J...
by Maui
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2658
Views: 441206

Re: Mach Effect progress

Those are good points I didn't consider. From a scientific perspective, I think you are probably right. I was mainly reacting to the sentiment I've seen from some where they don't seem willing to accept positive results that come from the lab while an orbital test would have a "seeing is believ...
by Maui
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2074
Views: 216473

Re: SpaceX News

Yeah.. I may have watched that a few times ;)
by Maui
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2074
Views: 216473

Re: SpaceX News

I’m pretty sure I recall reading that they abandoned cross feed— it was adding too much complication for not enough benefit in performance. Musk said they ran out of igniter for the engines and I don’t see a good reason not to believe him. https://i.imgur.com/y8eRL2M_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thu...
by Maui
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2658
Views: 441206

Re: Mach Effect progress

Update on SSI experiments from Heidi Fern: https://youtu.be/B1KfN7y4y4I http://ssi.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ssiapw2017_12_fearn.pdf I continue to be hopeful about his, but when asked about doing an orbital experiment, she suggests they don’t have near enough money to do that. I find it hard to...
by Maui
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2074
Views: 216473

Re: SpaceX News

Two of three engines failed to light on the center core and it hit the ocean at more than 300mph.

On the other hand, how cool is this?:
https://youtu.be/4nx_Xh4WW2I

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