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by Skipjack
Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: News
Topic: House to Vote on Fusion Research and Development
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: House to Vote on Fusion Research and Development

Yeah, that's what I am afraid of. McConnel has refused to put bills to a vote in the past even if they would pass with bipartisan support.
by Skipjack
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: News
Topic: House to Vote on Fusion Research and Development
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: House to Vote on Fusion Research and Development

Yeah, but Mitch McConnel blocks everything that comes from democrats out of principle and that bill had mostly democrat support. Also note that the fusion part was only an amendment to a much larger bill that contains a lot more other things that may be tougher to get past the GOP controlled senate....
by Skipjack
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: House to Vote on Fusion Research and Development
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: House to Vote on Fusion Research and Development

Well, before we all get our hopes up. It needs to get past Mitch McConnel and the Senate first.
by Skipjack
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: News
Topic: House to Vote on Fusion Research and Development
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: House to Vote on Fusion Research and Development

Looks like it passed:
"The Lamb-Trajan fusion amendment was included in the Energy Innovation Act HR4447, which passed about an hour ago."
Still has to go through the Senate, from what I understand.
by Skipjack
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: House to Vote on Fusion Research and Development
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: House to Vote on Fusion Research and Development

Well, call your congress men!
by Skipjack
Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: News
Topic: NASA reports on something called lattice confinement fusion
Replies: 6
Views: 359

Re: NASA reports on something called lattice confinement fusion

Uhm NASA says it, so it must be more than just an early stage speculative experiment... NOT...
I have serious doubts about this to say the least. That said, if they could make it work, it would be great. I won't be holding my breath though.
by Skipjack
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: News
Topic: House to Vote on Fusion Research and Development
Replies: 9
Views: 382

House to Vote on Fusion Research and Development

This! This needs to happen! A lot of funding for fusion and not just Tokamaks! This would be wonderful!

https://www.fusionindustryassociation.o ... ion-energy

https://amendments-rules.house.gov/amen ... 424342.pdf
by Skipjack
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: NASA reports on something called lattice confinement fusion
Replies: 6
Views: 359

Re: NASA reports on something called lattice confinement fusion

IIRC, I read that they are still many orders of magnitude away from Q~1. The whole lattice confinement idea is not really all that new either. I remember reading about it a decade or so ago. Color me skeptical.
by Skipjack
Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 818524

Re: Mach Effect progress

It could mean a lot if things.
E.g. it could mean that the thing is just jerking back and forth.
It could also mean that you need to increase power as you accelerate.
by Skipjack
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 818524

Re: Mach Effect progress

The "resonant frequency" thing is what I find really off putting.
by Skipjack
Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 818524

Re: Mach Effect progress

Once they start doing orbital test launches with Starship, there will probably be plenty of room to have small payloads like these launched for cheap, or even free...
by Skipjack
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries
Replies: 19
Views: 4078

Re: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

Unfortunately even without a reactor, you're probably still going to need at least one nuclear certified person on board, and probably all the paperwork related to having a reactor, aside from the greenie opposition. And you need a source of strontium. Agree about the nuclear certified person. As I...
by Skipjack
Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries
Replies: 19
Views: 4078

Re: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

First that is way to low power. When driving a car easily needs 15-20 kW constant power and an EV like the Tesla Model-3 has 225 to 360 kW maximum Power. For that 225 kW power @ 20W/kg an 11.250 kg (!) battery would be needed. That car would be as heavy as a truck and have a very bad efficiency due...
by Skipjack
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: News
Topic: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries
Replies: 19
Views: 4078

Re: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

Nickle has a density of 10 grams per cm3. Carbon 14 is 1 grams per cm3. So we get somewhere between 1 uW/g and 5uW/g power density. Pretty awful... Now, I have done some digging on my own and what I found to be a near perfect beta emitter in terms of half life (~29 years) and power density is Stront...
by Skipjack
Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries
Replies: 19
Views: 4078

Re: Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

It's not carbon-14 alone. They plan to use a blend of different isotopes to achieve different power density targets. A table was provided in their investor pack, but that's been taken offline. Some have not only shorter half lives but also generate more energetic beta particles, so even if present ...