As of April 2007, Dr. Robert Bussard, stated that due to the publicity from his 11/9/2006 talk at Google and the 2006 Outstanding Technology of the Year Award, the U.S. Navy sent him a contract extension to continue his fusion research.
UPDATE FROM TOM LIGON: Evidently somebody got carried away with some fairly routine bookkeeping. The contract still exists, and there is still the same un-spent money on the books. Evidently, what happened is a “no-cost extension”. That is, the period of the contract has been extended, but they’re not sending any checks.
This is good news as this is a highly promising concept that should be relatively cheap and quick to test out. 4 years and 200 million dollars versus many decades and tens of billion for the Tokomak.
A presentation on Bussard Fusion will be made by Tom Ligon at ISDC 2007 (International Space Development Conference) Tom Ligon is a former employee of Robert Bussard’s Energy Matter Conversion Corporation, and now works for Athena Controls.