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by Northstar
Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 news
Replies: 433
Views: 279297

Re: EMC2 news

So, any consensus on the contents of the patent application document from those who are knowledgable enough to be able to speak about it in an informed manner? Your thoughts Tom Ligon? or ???
by Northstar
Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2288
Views: 630102

Re: SpaceX News

Another issue with flying with the top of the stage leading, is that the heaviest part of the stage is the engines, and stability issues mean that having the heavy part leading and the fins at the other end just works more easily, like an arrow. In addition, doing it with the engines leading means t...
by Northstar
Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: BLP news
Replies: 657
Views: 217695

Re: BLP news

by Northstar
Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:36 am
Forum: News
Topic: Recovery.Gov Project Tracker
Replies: 1822
Views: 960115

Re: Recovery.Gov Project Tracker

Flywheel based hybrid power systems are currently in use in endurance racing, ie Le Mans etc.

Link to one supplier, a spin off of the Williams F1 team:

http://www.williamshybridpower.com/appl ... technology
by Northstar
Wed May 30, 2012 4:13 am
Forum: News
Topic: Chapter 6
Replies: 83
Views: 43953

Actually, the shutting off of the plasma injection was kind of the point of that figure, as I understand it. When operating at as close to steady state as they operate the device, they shut off the 'plasma source' (they don't say what it is), and monitored the loss of density of the plasma. 90% of ...
by Northstar
Mon May 28, 2012 4:48 am
Forum: News
Topic: Chapter 6
Replies: 83
Views: 43953

Actually, the shutting off of the plasma injection was kind of the point of that figure, as I understand it. When operating at as close to steady state as they operate the device, they shut off the 'plasma source' (they don't say what it is), and monitored the loss of density of the plasma. 90% of t...
by Northstar
Mon May 28, 2012 3:06 am
Forum: News
Topic: Chapter 6
Replies: 83
Views: 43953

WB-8 Plasma Decay Rate

Is there anyone on this forum with the physics chops (and time to spare) to determine anything useful from figure 6-6 on pg 70 of the thesis report, which is the plot of density decay with plasma injection turned off. (It's certainly not me!) It shows the plasma density losing one order of magnitude...
by Northstar
Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:27 am
Forum: News
Topic: reddit: We are nuclear fusion researchers, ask us anything
Replies: 553
Views: 88806

If they pick up the p-B11 option it would almost certainly mean that they are convinced that the WB-8 is performing as planned / theorized. It would also mean that they have D-D fully in hand as feasible to proceed with further at larger scale or they would not be trying the much harder p-B11 reacti...
by Northstar
Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:03 am
Forum: News
Topic: Recovery.Gov Project Tracker
Replies: 1822
Views: 960115

choff wrote:100A power supply for 10 Kvolt electron guns. Now they're playing with power!
So they're needing a megawatt of input power on the electron guns alone, not mentioning the ion guns.

Does THAT number tell anyone anything about how well things are working?
by Northstar
Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:25 am
Forum: News
Topic: Recovery.Gov Project Tracker
Replies: 1822
Views: 960115

:D I've been doing some googling and found some interesting links on the contracts EMC2 has with the Navy. The first is not dated but appears to be from 2008. https://www.neco.navy.mil/synopsis_file/N6893609C0125_09-R-0044%20J&A.pdf it is from fedbizops.gov and is a 9 page justification for sole so...
by Northstar
Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:05 am
Forum: News
Topic: Recovery.Gov Project Tracker
Replies: 1822
Views: 960115

What I just noticed was the "Full and Open Competition" statement. The last was Sole Sourse with a J&A. Maybe this IS something new. Sure. Anybody with a WB-6, a WB-7.1, all prior reports, and all previously discovered testing data, etc, which is all just sitting around taking up space in their gar...