mvanwink5 wrote:China gets free tech... now there is a man tough to negotiate with.
You do realize that Tesla gave away all of their patents for free years ago? Also, from what I understand, the Chinese are putting quite a bit of their own money behind this as well.
The physics behind Helion's technology were published in peer reviewed papers years ago. AFAIK, the Chinese already have done experiments with similar designs. The devil is in the details and the engineering of course and Helion has been more closed up about their work in recent years.
As for SpaceX, they are completely different company from Tesla with different goals. They rely heavily on trade secrets and then there is a thing called ITAR. That said, I am sure that the Chinese have been spying on SpaceX for years and their recent development roadmaps have shown designs that look very similar to Falcon 9, legs and all.