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Fusor Rocket

Post by guest » Mon Aug 27, 2001 12:47 pm

Here's an article I ran across using inertial confinment for rocket proplulsion.

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Re: Fusor Rocket

Post by Paul_Schatzkin » Mon Aug 27, 2001 1:00 pm

Interesting article. BTW, I think you'll find that 25-words-or-less explanation of IEC that you were looking for a while back:

The technique is called inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC), a technique that avoids the use of massive magnets and laser systems used in other fusion-power techniques. Instead, the IEC device uses a hollow cathode, and the natural charges of electrons and ions, to form virtual electrodes that confine ions in a spherical region at the center of the 61 cm (2 ft) diameter IEC vacuum chamber.

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Re: Fusor Rocket

Post by guest » Mon Aug 27, 2001 11:46 pm

Where's the BEEF? ... um the link?
Here is a rather old site that had some fusion drive spacecraft mostly for ship to ground transport. Some of the
links are down too.

If I remember right a shuttle was 40 tons and payload was 20

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