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by Skipjack
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: News
Topic: First Light Fusion News
Replies: 0
Views: 177

First Light Fusion News

Seems like they got some funding and are moving ahead with their prototype. They hope to reach break even in 2024 (I guess that depends on funding). https://www.theengineer.co.uk/first-light-fusion-ukaea/ Edit: This article has some more information on the company and their approach. It is still not...
by Skipjack
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2203
Views: 318408

Re: SpaceX News

SpaceX really is on the way towards making spaceflight routine. The great advantage that they have is that they can tear down re- flown boosters and see where the margins need improvement (or where they are too high). Despite the fact that they have shifted focus towards Starship (formerly BFR), Fal...
by Skipjack
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 26
Views: 15801

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

The Zap- Energy website has a small update: We are delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded $6.8m ARPA-E OPEN 2018 funding. Zap Energy is the most compact solution to fusion energy without complex and costly magnetic coils. We exceeded ARPA-E Alpha milestones in August and our reactor is now co...
by Skipjack
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2203
Views: 318408

Re: SpaceX News

As pieces of ice can been seen falling off the stage over all the time and several times during the same video, Occam's razor says that it is just more of the same. And again, there is no orbital debris at this altitude. Plus any orbital debris would be zipping past the stage so quickly, you would n...
by Skipjack
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2203
Views: 318408

Re: SpaceX News

S1 MECO is at T= +2:40. I am speaking about the object at T=+6:02. Also at that moment the S1 is no where near stable orbital altitude, but that object does look quite big and it doesn't really look like a piece of ice. IIRC, the 1st stage would peak in altitude somewhere below 120 km. Unlikely to ...
by Skipjack
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2203
Views: 318408

Re: SpaceX News

S1 MECO is no where near orbital altitude and velocity. This was most likely just ice that fell off.
by Skipjack
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter
Replies: 819
Views: 213356

Re: Lawaranceville E-Newsletter

Still working on the Beryllium related upgrades to their test device:
https://lppfusion.com/assembly-begins-f ... periments/

Also, two more groups in Poland working on PB11 tests with their DPF devices:
https://lppfusion.com/plasma-focus-rese ... in-warsaw/
by Skipjack
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: News
Topic: ANS Winter Meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 519

ANS Winter Meeting

Quite a few fusion companies and projects have been at this years ANS Winter Meeting. Among others, David Kirtley from Helion, Uri Shumlak from Zap/UW and Michael Laberge from General Fusion, Dennis Whyte from CFS and many were presenting their latest results and papers. Did anyone here make it ther...
by Skipjack
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The Fusion Industry Association
Replies: 1
Views: 589

Re: The Fusion Industry Association

There are also a few new "faces" among those companies listed.
by Skipjack
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 26
Views: 15801

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

daveklingler wrote:Thanks! Now to figure out how to get this month's paper so I can read it. The stated numbers are astounding.

If you do find out, let me know. I want to read it too!
by Skipjack
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 203
Views: 70199

Re: More Helion Energy news....

David Kirtley of Helion Energy presented some of their latest research at the APS meeting on Monday November the 5th:
http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/DPP18/Session/BM9.5
by Skipjack
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 26
Views: 15801

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/DPP18/Session/BM9.4 http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/DPP18/Session/CP11.156 http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/DPP18/Session/CP11.157 http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/DPP18/Session/CP11.158 http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/DPP18/Session/CP11.159 http://meetings.aps.org/Meet...
by Skipjack
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 26
Views: 15801

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

Well now. The space propulsion paper with the exhaust velocities of 1 x 10^7 have just up and disappeared. Another paper has appeared in its place. Strange indeed! Looks like some of the slots were replaced with the Staged Z- Pinch. Might just be a scheduling thing. There is an older (2006) paper o...
by Skipjack
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 26
Views: 15801

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

That's the "staged Z- Pinch", not the "Sheared Flow Stabilized Z- Pinch", big difference there. Never had that high of an opinion of the former. The latter however... I had a really good conversation with Uri Shumlak a few months ago and it looks to the layman me like this has a ...

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