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"This is probably the most simple and straightforward, lowest-cost fusion propulsion system you can think of," he said. "The fundamental physics have been proven in the laboratory with hardware, and fusion yields, neutrons, have been produced. So what I'm talking about is building a device with known physics and with a proven method."
Further, that device can be built using commercial off-the-shelf components, so no engineering leaps should be required, Pancotti added.
Slough and his team are building hardware and conducting experiments to help bring the technology closer to implementation. They hope to check off a big milestone sometime in 2014.
"We're in the lab, we're building the coils, we're showing the scaling and we'll be producing the neutrons within the next year to show that fusion is occurring, and it's occurring at the scales required to build a fusion-driven rocket," Pancotti said.
i saw links to that in my searches but the name threw me. i thought it was some sort of fusion wiki or something.
There is a group/company called general fusion.
experimenting on a shock wave initiator like device. It has been around for a while, although it sounds typical "friend of a friend" but that is basically the reality. One of our PhD students did his undergraduate engineering degree with one of the founders.
Not sure if anything will come of it, it will be interesting if they put out any more information as they haven't appeared to update the website or put out any press stuff for a long time.
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Yeah It is quite an interesting approach, using molten lead and basically sending shock waves through it to cause an intense pressure spike at the centre. It all sounds like it could actually work, though I think they are still playing with using explosives for achieving it.
This sounds to me like they are basically attempting a small scale H bomb without the x-ray optics.
the website is difficult to navigate also. It has been called a hoax before, but in truth I know very little about it. On paper it looks better than some of the hoaxes iv seen if it is one.
The Direct Fusion Drive (DFD) is comprised of multiple innovations that together yield a safer, more compact, and lighter-weight engine that directly produces a high exhaust velocity and medium thrust, and in addition produces electrical power. The fi eld-reversed con guration (FRC) allows for magnetic con finement with a simpler, more natural geometry for propulsion than, for instance, a tokamak. The increased safety is due to the choice of an aneutronic fuel, D [3He. The plasma is heated by an odd-parity rotating magnetic fi eld (RMFo), which is predicted to promote better energy con nement, hence allow smaller, more stable engines. Other advantages include a small start-up system and a variable thrust propulsion system for more flexible mission designs