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by Skipjack
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 131
Views: 26726

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

They built Norman in about nine months, but because Copernicus is a much larger and more expensive device it will take also much more time to raise the needed money and to build it. It will also not fit on their current premises as it needs more infrastructure, so they will need to move. In the tal...
by Skipjack
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 131
Views: 26726

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

Hopefully this talk will be webcasted and also archived for later viewing as usually is the case at PPPL. For some reason the starting time has been changed to 9:30. Dr. Michl Binderbauer will give the talk On the Path to Clean Fusion Energy at PPPL on March 17, 2018, 9:00am to 11:00am. Hopefully a...
by Skipjack
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2086
Views: 225005

Re: SpaceX News

Block 5 and the Merlin 1D block 5 have enough differences, I guess that they are simply not going to bother with block 3 and 4 anymore. Block 4 could have been reused up to 10 times already, but they need the block 5s for NASA's commercial crew anyway and they are currently sitting on too many old c...
by Skipjack
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2086
Views: 225005

Re: SpaceX News

Yeah, they are throwing away older model cores now, because they don't have room to store them anymore. A nice problem to have, I guess ;)
by Skipjack
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Tokamak Energy news
Replies: 73
Views: 13554

Re: Tokamak Energy news

Final thing which sticks in my mind is a throw away remark by Guenter that if ITER suffered a complete loss of cooling, the chamber would melt because of residual radioactivity. Like Fukushima.... There was no discussion on that, it might be wrong and I sort of hope it was, but that's what I heard....
by Skipjack
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Lockheed Martin news
Replies: 43
Views: 9122

Re: Lockheed Martin news

Lockheed Martin got a patent for their fusion reactor design. The Drive article seems to be a bit too optimistic about their schedule though. From all I have heard, LM is still years away from a break even prototype. They had a pretty long funding gap, from what I remember and funding did not resume...
by Skipjack
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 131
Views: 26726

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

I haven't listened yet, but saw this was posted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtcrb-Q4QQc I finally had a chance to finish it. Very good and insightful interview! I fully agree with Michl that fusion research in the west lacks a sense of urgency. Political and public support is weak. Dennis Whyt...
by Skipjack
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Tokamak Energy news
Replies: 73
Views: 13554

Re: Tokamak Energy news

Thanks for the recap! Very good insights here! Wished I could have been there! Not sure, if they mention it, but the TE guys have MIT's Dennis Whyte and his team to back them up. As much as I like my old friend Gunter, I do hope that TE (and Whyte's team) can proof him wrong with their upcoming expe...
by Skipjack
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Apollo Fusion
Replies: 3
Views: 1546

Re: Apollo Fusion

Still not a lot of technical details on their website, but it seems like they have spun off some tech into a Hall thruster called "ACE":
http://apollofusion.com/ace.html
by Skipjack
Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 131
Views: 26726

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

Tri Alpha's $150 million "Norman" fusion device was built in nine months, according to Michel Binderbauer, chief technology officer

https://twitter.com/DeVoeJjackson/statu ... 0191993858

That seems really quick, I have to say.
by Skipjack
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: News
Topic: MIT claim they will build the SPARC
Replies: 4
Views: 1152

Re: MIT claim they will build the SPARC

I am glad they finally got funding for this. Interestingly it looks like their schedule is less aggressive than that of Tokamak Energy.
by Skipjack
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 14
Views: 8482

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

Munchausen wrote:https://www.zapenergyinc.com
Why that countdown?

See my post earlier.
by Skipjack
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2086
Views: 225005

Re: SpaceX News

paperburn1 wrote:This could be a game changer.
http://www.newsweek.com/air-molecules-t ... tes-834320
Using air as a propellant

Not the only electric propulsion system that can do that. MSNW's ELF could do that years ago.
by Skipjack
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2086
Views: 225005

Re: SpaceX News

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. I believe Shotwell said they are trying to have 30 launches this year. At 60 million a launch, they will have 1.8 billion is tur...
by Skipjack
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2086
Views: 225005

Re: SpaceX News

Another boring launch. That is now number 50...

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