Ok, those who have been following Bussard Fusion research have been a little frustrated lately. The last round of experimentation came to an end in August, the data were presented to the funding authorities, and for the last couple of months we have had silence.
Now, I took heart from the fact that Dr Nebel, research leader,Â had earlier reported WB 7 as “running like a top”, and that after research ended the team were kept together. My reasoning was that if the data were not encouraging the group would have been disbanded.
Now, as reported at Power and Control -
The Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, China Lake, CA intends to procure on an other than full and open competition basis a service to provide: 1) Research of Electrostatic “Wiffle Ball” Fusion Device. The contractor is to specifically investigate the required instrumentation to achieve spatially resolved plasma densities and spatially resolved particle energies. This requirement is sole sourced to Energy Matter Conversion Corporation, 1202 Parkway Drive, Suite A, Santa Fe, NM 87501, as the only company in the world investigating and developing this type of device.
In other words, the results were good enough, and research resumes.