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by Skipjack
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Fund-Raising
Topic: ARPA-E Requests Information on Enabling Technologies for a Commercially Viable Fusion Power Plant
Replies: 2
Views: 445

Re: ARPA-E Requests Information on Enabling Technologies for a Commercially Viable Fusion Power Plant

ARPA-E is seeking information from diverse R&D communities, from both within and especially outside the fusion R&D community, about technological solutions and innovations that can enable commercially viable fusion power plants. While it is impossible to predict precisely what is needed for...
by Skipjack
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2273
Views: 427609

Re: SpaceX News

Read an article recently on Europe's launch systems. It talked about what I recall was like a decade of plans, but no mention at all of developing a reusable rocket in the Falcon vein. Blew my mind. They do have plans for something like Falcon 9. First step is a "Grasshopper" like experim...
by Skipjack
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: MIT claim they will build the SPARC
Replies: 11
Views: 10154

Re: MIT claim they will build the SPARC

Whytes talk is now available on the conference site: https://indico.cern.ch/event/749923/contributions/3315374/attachments/1855772/3048091/SPARC_SOFE_2019_Whyte.pdf CFS has more than 100 people working now and 70 of them are working on the HTS magnets. The HTS magnet development project is schedule...
by Skipjack
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2273
Views: 427609

Re: SpaceX News

Are you sure about that? I know I've seen conversation about how the Starlink sats will actively de-orbit... though I have to admit I can't find an actual source behind that conversation for the moment. It doesn't make sense to me why you wouldn't. I imagine with an active de-orbit you could likely...
by Skipjack
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 33
Views: 27613

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

LLNL provides their opinion on the Sheared Flow Stabilized Z- Pinch:
https://pls.llnl.gov/news/sustained-nuc ... on-z-pinch
by Skipjack
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 186
Views: 86917

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

I am somewhat disappointed that Copernicus will only demonstrate 10 keV ion temperatures. 116 million degrees does not seem all that much. Tokamak Energy is going to do about the same with their current prototype and Helion presumably reached 8 keV with their last prototype (at least that was the go...
by Skipjack
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Small Tri Alpha news blurp
Replies: 186
Views: 86917

Re: Small Tri Alpha news blurp

Paper accompanying Michael Binderbauer's presentation at the 28th IEEE Symposium on Fusion Engineering:
https://indico.cern.ch/event/749923/con ... -03-19.pdf
Seems like Norman is finished already?
by Skipjack
Thu May 30, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Direct O2 evolution in collisions of carbon dioxide with surfaces
Replies: 7
Views: 359

Re: Direct O2 evolution in collisions of carbon dioxide with surfaces

How much energy does it take to do that compared to other methods of splitting CO2 into C and O2?
by Skipjack
Tue May 28, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: More Helion Energy news....
Replies: 207
Views: 101376

Re: More Helion Energy news....

The Helion Energy website has been updated with some new content. According to their website their prototypes have now demonstrated that they can do it (though they seemingly still keep things under wraps, probably to avoid too much hype). They can now produce Helium3 (presumably) at a competitive c...
by Skipjack
Thu May 16, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Z-Pinch Renaissance
Replies: 33
Views: 27613

Re: Z-Pinch Renaissance

New Paper for the 46thEPS Conference on Plasma Physics in Milan:
http://ocs.ciemat.es/EPS2019ABS/pdf/P2.1102.pdf
by Skipjack
Wed May 15, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2273
Views: 427609

Re: SpaceX News

Starlink conference call reports on Twitter right now. All I can say is "Holy Smokes!" Between Starlink and Starship, SpaceX is innovating at a pace that is unprecedented in the space business.
by Skipjack
Wed May 15, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 news
Replies: 418
Views: 163452

Re: EMC2 news

Taliesin wrote:I understand the frustration and the intent of this reply, but rarely do I see a reply like this on Talk-Polywell.

Guess you have been avoiding the General section ;)
I don't go there anymore.
by Skipjack
Fri May 03, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: EMC2 news
Replies: 418
Views: 163452

Re: EMC2 news

Looks like there is a small (and very young) Canadian team that is working on Polywell related research. Not sure what they will achieve, but given the lack of Polywell related news, this is at least somewhat refreshing:
https://www.progressivefusionsolution.com/
by Skipjack
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: News
Topic: Prospects for Low Cost Fusion Development
Replies: 1
Views: 879

Re: Prospects for Low Cost Fusion Development

Is from last November. I think it was posted here before. I don't like it much. It seems overly pessimistic and gets some technical details wrong. E.g. the assumption that a machine capable of achieving scientific break even would cost several hundred million is unfounded. Helion is building a full ...
by Skipjack
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: News
Topic: China plans fusion power research center
Replies: 1
Views: 656

Re: China plans fusion power research center

I also noted recently that China has been trying to encourage foreign fusion research teams that have innovative confinement concepts to share their technology. IIRC, there was a prize with a few million bucks set out. Not sure what became of it and I wonder how many fusion companies would bite on s...

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