Note the quote about "The Helion" now on their "Technology" page.
They put their target fuel cycle in the name of their company as a dare for anyone to see.
And we all missed it.
Hahaha, I know! I feel rather stupid now too. At least I called the tritium suppressed and helium catalyzed deuterium fusion process, though pretty late.
djolds1 wrote:I'd bet good money the mentions of DT were "lets-be-conservative in the press releases" caution until they managed to crack the problems of DD/DHe3.
And caution is a good thing. DT would have been just fine, IMHO, at least for the first reactors. It is fine for ITER after all and that would suffer worse from the neutrons.
Either way, this is even better and I love "better"
djolds1 wrote:What's encouraging is how so many variants now seem to be approaching maturation almost simultaneously - like the golden age of internal combustion engine development in the last quarter of the 19th century. That's very much what you should expect to see with the logistic s-curve of development. A large number of "phyla" pay out at the initial inflection point, and 1 or 2 more (such as the wankel cycle and jet turbines) pay out as the second inflection point turns the s-curve over to diminishing returns some decades later.
Yes, very encouraging, indeed. What thrills me about Helion is that they actually upped their predictions with the D+D/He3 approach. I have not seen anyone else do that yet.
Skipjack wrote:I've seen those. They look to be light booster engines for orbital injection, not the SSTA Earth to Mars Bussard was envisioning as possible (tho difficult) with QED/ARC. Still, if it works at significantly greater efficiency than the legacy chem systems we've been using for 60 years, WGAS?
You must be talking about the ELF and the Electro Magnetic Plasmoid thruster. They (MSNW) are also working on something called the "Fusion Driven Rocket", which uses a different principle (liner compression). That one could do Mars in 90 days, or even as little as 30 days. MSNW got NASA funding for that.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/pnwm ... -final.pdfhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHSOmOu61b0
To clarify: Helion is exclusively working on the fusion reactor. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two, because many of the same people are involved with both and there is a technology transfer from MSNW to Helion.