[ExI] Lockheed skunkworks announcement about fusion
pharos at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 11:20:31 UTC 2014
On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 3:11 AM, spike wrote:
> Could it be a misunderstanding by a news copy editor? Perhaps what Dr.
> McGuire really meant is that this is analogous to a reactor core which he
> thinks can be operated to emit heat at 100MW, and that reactor can be hauled
> around on a truck. To use it, you need to immerse that core in water inside
> a sturdy pressure vessel and use the resultant steam to run turbines and
> reject the heat with one of those proletariat-terrifying hourglass-shaped
> cooling towers at a traditional power plant like the one Mr. Burns owns on
> the Simpsons. That I suppose is vaguely believable, and I hope that is what
> he meant. Perhaps the news guy wrote the article to make it sound like a
> truck can roll up with enormous plug-ins with enough capacity to power a
> typical American city of about 20k population.
There is a much more detailed article in Aviation Week.
But it will be five years before they might have a working prototype
and ten years for a production version. IF it all works out with no
It sounds as though they are still in the early stages. All the
publicity seems intended to attract backers and investors.
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