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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,  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.

YIPPEE

 

5 Comments

  1. El Draque says:

    The Devil’s Kitchen featured this a while ago. I looked into it then.
    So I’m an informed layman, not a physicist, so discount this all you wish.
    It just seemed too easy, too good to be true. Easy to get the effect set up, but the positive energy emission was microscopic, if there at all.
    To get useful energy will be even more difficult.
    Still – if the evidence is there for the US navy to put down real money – who knows?
    (Mind you, they supported the Star Wars programme too. And psychic remote viewing)

  2. CountingCats says:

    El Draque,

    The experimental devices they have been using so far are too small to produce net energy; more energy goes into the device than is produced. However, the energy output of these devices will scale by the seventh power, double the linear measurements and energy production increases by 128 times. My understanding is that something like a ten foot cubed machine will have a net output of about 1000MW. And that is a lot of power.

    If they can be made to work at all, that is.

  3. CountingCats says:

    And the anticipated cost of production per KWH will be approx 10% of coal fired power.

  4. El Draque says:

    Thank you.
    You clearly have better sources than I found in a quick search, and understand it better.
    But – it’s also been a while since it was conceived.
    Another one to keep an eye on – but not one to invest in yet.

  5. DavidNcl says:

    The Star Wars programme played a major role in bringing about the collapse of the Soviet Union (which, you will recall, couldn’t afford “a sandwich” let alone a similar programme) – exactly as was intended.

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