KitemanSA wrote:MSimon wrote: The first continuous net power machine is going to cost around $40 mn for materials. I don't think cryo copper is going to cut it. At the 2m size (coils) you might as well go SC.
The problem with SC is that you the pretty much HAVE to go professional with all it's attendant engineering costs. Lower tech means a broader volunteer base.
Dude! You are going to have to go pro on this no matter what. If I'm spending $40 mn I'm not entrusting it to some Jr Rocket Scientists. We may not get a second chance. Do it right the first time.
In any case there are quite a few pros on this board. Aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, etc. etc. etc. There will be no shortage of talent. Let us make sure there is no shortage of funds to pay them.
I have seen more than one project killed because of scrimping on talent. Always get the best talent. It is cheaper.