Apollo Fusion

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crowberry
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Apollo Fusion

Postby crowberry » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:30 pm

Apollo Fusion is developing a fusion - fission hybrid approach. Their home page is at http://apollofusion.com/. Here is an article about the company https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-03/former-google-vice-president-starts-a-company-promising-clean-and-safe-nuclear-energy.

Skipjack
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Re: Apollo Fusion

Postby Skipjack » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:13 am

Not a whole lot of technical details to go by.
Helion tried to do a fusion fission hybrid as a sort of low risk intermediate step on their path to a pure fusion reactor. The problem was much less of technical nature than cultural. Fission people don't want "all that complicated fusion reactor stuff" in their simple fission reactors. Fusion people don't want "all that dirty fission reactor stuff" with their clean fusion reactors. So no one was interested. If there had been a political pressure to make it happen, we could have had it years ago. Helion's linear reactor design is very suitable for this and it would have worked quite wonderfully.
Curious what Apollo intends to do. Hope it is not a tokamak, lots of engineering challenges making fusion fission hybrids with those due to their geometry.

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Re: Apollo Fusion

Postby Skipjack » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:47 pm

Still not a lot of technical details on their website, but it seems like they have spun off some tech into a Hall thruster called "ACE":
http://apollofusion.com/ace.html

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Re: Apollo Fusion

Postby dnavas » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:50 pm

I worked for Mike in an earlier startup. As far as I know, they're 12 people working on an ion thruster. I haven't heard anything from him recently on the fusion front, sadly.


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