[ExI] Lockheed skunkworks announcement about fusion

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Thu Oct 16 22:52:38 UTC 2014

On Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 11:07 PM, spike wrote:
> Hmmm, did he mean 100 MW for one second, then an hour to soak up and convert
> that resultant heat?  Is he suggesting some form of direct charging of
> capacitors using an electromagnetic pulse?  I just don't see it BillK.
> It occurred to me why it might be tempting to believe this, since nuclear
> aircraft carriers have compact power plants on this order.  But they also
> have a convenient heat sink right there: they dump the waste heat directly
> into the sea.

Nuclear aircraft carriers use fission reactors - not fusion.

There seems to be universal scepticism about the claims.
Nobody has built a fusion reactor yet. Lockheed are only claiming that
they have done a feasibility study.
McGuire said the company had several patents pending for the work and
was looking for partners in academia, industry and among government
laboratories to advance the work.

That sounds like a request for lots of money for development.


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