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Lockheed Martin is talking about a fusion reactor small enough to put on the  
back of a truck in ten years.

https://www.solveforx.com/moonshots/charles-chase-on-energy-for-everyone

Can it be that much longer until we have warp engines the size of walnuts.  
LOL.





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Re: Skunk Works
On Friday, October 17, 2014 9:26:44 PM UTC-4, Bob La Londe wrote:
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Fusion looks like the future if they can develop it  

Re: Skunk Works
On Friday, October 17, 2014 9:26:44 PM UTC-4, Bob La Londe wrote:
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I thought I remembered that they put small reactors on some of these space probes.   (????)

Re: Skunk Works
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I believe some satellites were powered with a nuclear battery.  The  
distinction I do not know, but supposedly it is not a reactor.

From Wikipedia.  This does not sound like a reactor to me:

A radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG, RITEG) is an electrical  
generator that uses an array of thermocouples to convert the heat released  
by the decay of a suitable radioactive material into electricity by the  
Seebeck effect.

RTGs have been used as power sources in satellites, space probes and  
unmanned remote facilities such as a series of lighthouses built by the  
former Soviet Union inside the Arctic Circle. RTGs are usually the most  
desirable power source for robotic or unmaintained situations that need a  
few hundred watts (or less) of power for durations too long for fuel cells,  
batteries, or generators to provide economically and in places where solar  
cells are not practical. Safe use of RTGs requires containment of the  
radioisotopes long after the productive life of the unit.  


Re: Skunk Works
On Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:49:31 PM UTC-4, Bob La Londe wrote:
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Isn't that the whole problem with fusion?  

People keep saying we should use more nuclear power plants for cheaper powe
r but they seem to forget that the waste material is going to last for the  
next half million years or so. What to do with it has been the problem righ
t from the beginning and something no one figures into the cost of running  
one of these plants.

I remember reading that there is another kind of fusion that requires much  
more up front cost but is much cleaner. But ..... you know how far that's g
oing to go when it's much easier to bury the waste and let it contaminate t
he earth some more. I sure hope we can colonize Mars and more before this p
lanet starts to get even with us for what we've done to it.  


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I don't know about fusion, but that is certainly the problem with fission  
plants.
  


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