If polywell fusion is developed, in what ways will the world change for better or worse? Discuss.
"The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake intends ... contract for research, analysis, development, and testing to validate the basic physics of the plasma fusion (polywell) concept as well as requirements to provide the Navy with data for potential applications of polywell fusion with a delivered item, wiffleball 8 (WB8) and options for a modified wiffleball 8 (WB8.1) and modified ion gun. "
So, the Navy thinks the WB8 will have "potential [military] applications". They don't said "military" but if they are calling now for an ion gun...!
Remember that a laser of more than 100kW is considered sufficiently poweful as tactical weapon. The military grade electric lasers are maturing very quickly, now they need its power source. With the laser sources with 20%-30% efficiency the have, they need less than 500kW as electric power source.
For tactical laser weapons, they not need 100MW!.
They need a rugged WB8 with 500kW aprox. (or even less, better more). Maybe it is what they mean with "modified wiffleball 8 (WB8.1)": a rugged, military grade, version of WB8.
With 1MW they can shoot simultaneously and continually 2 lasers each of them of more than 100KW. They can add ultracapacitors, and the system could easily handle much more powerful laser bursts and multiply the shooting power. With "unlimited magazines" as they like to say.
They want it as soon as possible, all the system integrated in as much as six years.
What do you think? Could WB8 be made military grade? (I understand WB8.1 means also make it in about two years).
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