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by Skipjack
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 62
Views: 13354

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

Maui wrote:Someone isn't too optimistic about Tri Alpha:
https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Employee-Review-Tri-Alpha-Energy-RVW14365224.htm

Sounds like a disgruntled contractor to me. Maybe not too reliable...
by Skipjack
Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New John Goodenough battery with high (too high?) energy density
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Re: New John Goodenough battery with high (too high?) energy density

krenshala wrote:edit: and reading over teh linked patent, it definitely looks like they have made (or tried to make) a combination battery/capacitor. very interesting.

I would not want to see that one short in a car accident!
by Skipjack
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: News
Topic: New John Goodenough battery with high (too high?) energy density
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Re: New John Goodenough battery with high (too high?) energy density

If it proves out...

Considering how many revolutionary battery technologies have been announced over the past 15 years that somehow still have not surfaced yet, I am not holding my breath for that one either.
by Skipjack
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 62
Views: 13354

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

New Tri Alpha video gives a small (very small) glimpse of the current status of their latest build:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H36WR_RHifs
by Skipjack
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter
Replies: 804
Views: 157994

Re: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter

Their comment about Helion is wrong. IIRC, they have previously published neutron production. Also, their last published temperature was 5 keV.
by Skipjack
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 149
Views: 33168

Re: More Helion Energy news....

Not Helion but about MSNW (Helion's parent so to speak). I missed this paper somehow earlier. It is about their Fusion Driven Rocket and updated plans as a result of the NIAC Phase II study. Interesting read regarding the results and issues they have encountered with the FDR concept. Still looks sou...
by Skipjack
Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 378
Views: 47924

Re: General Fusion in the news

Looks like GF is still in the process of getting funding for the full size injector and prototype. Another funding round will be needed to make this happen after the next 3 to 6 months of planning: http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/04/general-fusion-building-a-larger-plasma-injector-and-engineering-...
by Skipjack
Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2596
Views: 380877

Re: Mach Effect progress

Good point. So far I have heard of only earth like planets larger than earth it's self. (limits of our technology?) but if the obverse is true where are the LGM? Neil deGrasse Tyson said if they can get here the should be far superior and it a good thing we do not interact because weaker cultures a...
by Skipjack
Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: News
Topic: NIAC, University of Maryland IEC, what is it?
Replies: 2
Views: 253

NIAC, University of Maryland IEC, what is it?

Is it a Polywell in an unusual polyhedral configuration of sorts?
https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/space ... ent_Fusion
by Skipjack
Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2596
Views: 380877

Re: Mach Effect progress

by Skipjack
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2596
Views: 380877

Re: Mach Effect progress

It looks like they're paying Heidi Fearn to basically speculate about an "if Mach thrusters work, then.." situation. From Gary Hudson (SSI): Several of our colleagues (José Rodal, Paul March, Bruce Long, Nolan van Rossum and Marshall Eubanks) are Co-PIs or consultants. Prof. Jim Woodward ...
by Skipjack
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Princeton FRC work
Replies: 16
Views: 2824

Re: Princeton FRC work

PPPL and PSS managed to get NIAC Phase II funding for their PFRC/Direct Fusion Drive. Looks like they are partnering with the fusion team at the MIT to introduce REBCO HTSCs to their next reactor/DFD prototype. http://www.psatellite.com/nasa-niac-phase-ii-selected/ They are also going to present a p...
by Skipjack
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 378
Views: 47924

Re: General Fusion in the news

What mvanwink5 meant is that the next device by GF will be designed to last for only a limited amount of compression cycles to save money. A real power plant in the GF design would of course need to be able to compress the plasma continuously with ~1 Hz for many years. When pondering on positions i...
by Skipjack
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:25 am
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 378
Views: 47924

Re: General Fusion in the news

mvanwink5 wrote:Same with GF. Their next step is the full size +200 piston machine, even though it won't be a continuous operating machine (piston strikes every second, collection of tritium gas and auxiliaries, etc).

Of course it is not continuous operation. It will never be. It is a pulsed reactor design.
by Skipjack
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 378
Views: 47924

Re: General Fusion in the news

mvanwink5 wrote:As big machines and big money is invested, the expectation of success has to be very high. That is the point after all. So, the expectation of C-2W success has to be very high. You have seen the size of C-2W?

I thought C-2W was about the same size as C-2U bit with 6 neutral beam injectors?

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