Lockheed Fusion?

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Russ Gaines
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Lockheed Fusion?

Post by Russ Gaines » Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:22 pm

Lockheed Martin's skunk works (a development center that has done classified work for places like area 51) claims to achieved usable fusion from deuterium and tritium. They say it generates enough power to light a small city... Is this possible? They claim the will be making them commercially by 2017. http://exopermaculture.com/2013/09/23/h ... r-by-2017/ http://www.independentnews.com/mailbox/ ... 963f4.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_beta_fusion_reactor http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-nu ... s-underway
Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. -Nikola Tesla

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Re: Lockheed Fusion?

Post by Richard Hull » Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:57 pm

By going to the first URL you are treated to a hopeful video talk by a Lockheed guy. No talk of actually doing fusion.
Clicking on the contained Tom McBride URL you are taken to the Space Science Lab at MIT. I see a common fusor like we make on steroids.

I am rather surprised Lockheed is on board with this and making such claims. (If the corporation really is deeply involved.)

An interesting concept about boosting the mag field as the plasma expands, but how is it or can it be done? Inquiring minds want to know. A bit suspect, at best.

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Re: Lockheed Fusion?

Post by Chris Bradley » Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:32 pm

I regret to say I found Tom McQuire's thesis questionable. It starts with what appeared to me to be unreferenced and un-demonstrated assumptions (no mention nor description of the main fusion-active locations and processes, simply presumes more ions in motion are better), and then goes from there. That's a bad start for a thesis.

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Re: Lockheed Fusion?

Post by JakeJHecla » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:24 am

I think it's rather telling that the paper on plasma physics was submitted to the aero/astro department. I doubt it would have passed muster with anyone in course 22.

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Re: Lockheed Fusion?

Post by Steven Sesselmann » Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:58 am

I have seen this guy doing similar talks before, and as always there is frustratingly little information about the actual technology or the results they are achieveing.

Let's hope they actually have something, because I'm not holding my breath waiting for ITER.

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