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by Skipjack
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 102
Views: 44979

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

That video above is from May. They have proven that the neutrons are from D2 fusion. I will need to check it back again, I seem to remember that also in the video they said (like in the 2018 paper) that the neutron flux was "coherent" with Deuterium fusion occurences, but there was no def...
by Skipjack
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 102
Views: 44979

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

Zap Energy got the grant in November 2018, so it should almost be time for an update. If they can prove that the nature of neutrons generated was indeed coming from Deuterium fusion and that the system can scale as expected while keeping stability, we might have indeed the technological base for a ...
by Skipjack
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 102
Views: 44979

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

I love the Fusion Driven Rocket. It is foil liner compressed FRCs. It has a lot of thrust compared to other fusion engine designs and a Isp of 5000 is still plenty good. That said, if the Sheared Flow Stabilized Z- Pinch works, it would have this design beat in terms of Isp and thrust, which is quit...
by Skipjack
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Spherical Tokamaks
Replies: 21
Views: 12512

Re: Spherical Tokamaks

Meanwhile Tokamak Energy is ready to run their upgraded machine.
by Skipjack
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EM Drive
Replies: 693
Views: 260784

Re: EM Drive

I wont believe that this thing works until I see repeatable and reproducible thrust numbers higher than a photon rocket.
by Skipjack
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 news
Replies: 425
Views: 199054

Re: EMC2 news

The Fusion Podcast - Dr Jaeyoung Park
https://youtu.be/ppgdT3SQMhI
by Skipjack
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Lockheed Martin news
Replies: 49
Views: 45588

Re: Lockheed Martin news

Link to the article on Aviation Week:
https://aviationweek.com/defense/lockhe ... on-reactor
With T5 not even finished construction yet, they seem to be at least 5 prototype generations away from a commercial reactor prototype (TX).
by Skipjack
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Renaissance Fusion
Replies: 7
Views: 3380

Re: Renaissance Fusion

I know they have been around for a while, but Wendelstein 7, the most advanced Stellerator is nowhere near JET levels.
by Skipjack
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: News
Topic: Renaissance Fusion
Replies: 7
Views: 3380

Re: Renaissance Fusion

Stellarators are still at a relatively early stage. They are complex, expensive and big. I wonder what compelled them to choose this particular design.
by Skipjack
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 102
Views: 44979

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

Lol, 90 days to Saturn is already better than expected. But 8 days to Saturn??? Screw impossible physics engines. There is a whole Star System to colonize. I was not even thinking 1g acceleration were possible Speaking of which... did you consider 1g just for fun or did you make some calculations r...
by Skipjack
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 212
Views: 121709

Re: More Helion Energy news....

mvanwink5 wrote:It may also be a function of the ability of Helion to handle another huge project. They are right in the middle of developing, building, testing their reactor. Likely they are not pushing this other project.

Could very well be true.
by Skipjack
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 102
Views: 44979

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

I do not know where people are seeing 10 million Isp. I read an Isp of ~360,000 seconds and 330 kN of thrust for the D+He3 configuration. There are two big unknowns to me. They need 5 MA input current for a few microseconds. I have no idea what size of a power supply they would need for that. I did ...
by Skipjack
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 212
Views: 121709

Re: More Helion Energy news....

I agree. The NIAC funding was not quite enough to get this project completed, but I am sure that they will have enough funding once Helion get's their reactor going.
by Skipjack
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: News
Topic: General Fusion in the news
Replies: 465
Views: 155359

Re: General Fusion in the news

Helion has not exceeded 50 million total to date. Thankfully, they have not needed more than that so far. Their full scale prototype was 35 million. If that one meets their milestones, they should not have trouble getting the money they will need for the commercial reactor prototype (which will cos...
by Skipjack
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: News
Topic: ARPA-E workshop: Enabling Timely and Commercially Viable Fusion Energy
Replies: 1
Views: 2050

Re: ARPA-E workshop: Enabling Timely and Commercially Viable Fusion Energy

Gotta love ARPA-E. Time and again, they have been the best source of funding for small fusion startups/labs in the country. Have helped quite a few get to that point, where private investors take interest.

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