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fusionUS spending $300 million and rising to $1 billion by 2020 to begin combat laser rollout

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The US has funded several combat laser deployments over the next three years. Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $150 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for Surface Navy Laser Weapon System Increment 1, High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with a surveillance …

energyTAE Technologies Gen 5 reactor targets tripling confinement with 10 times the power by 2020

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TAE Technologies, Inc. (formerly Tri Alpha Energy), the world’s largest and most advanced private fusion company, has announced that its proprietary beam-driven field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasma generator, “Norman,” surpassed a new technical milestone, bringing the company closer to the reality …

dense plasma focusLPP Fusion Funded and prepping for Berylium electrode experiments

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LPPF is preparing actively for both the experiments with beryllium electrodes expected in the spring and for the shift to hydrogen-boron fuel expected before year-end. The research team is planning the new vacuum system that will ensure that any beryllium …

fusionLaser are getting ten times more powerful every 3 years, soon Exawatt lasers will unlock fusion and more

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The International Committee for Ultrahigh Intensity Lasers provided a 56-page report on global ultrahigh power laser projects. Ultra-intense lasers are lasers with capabilities exceeding 10^19 Watts per square centimeter (10 quintillion watts per square centimeter). This community is rapidly increasing …

energyPrototype for two beam laser fusion system within a decade if no major hurdles arise

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Dramatic advances in laser technology are close to making the two-laser approach feasible, and a spate of recent experiments around the world indicate that an ‘avalanche’ fusion reaction could be triggered in the trillionth-of-a-second blast from a petawatt-scale laser pulse, …

dense plasma focusLPP Fusion is 90% of the way to hitting funding goal

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LPP Fusion is nearing their minimum funding level for their latest round of financing. LPPFusion has raised $370,000 out of a minimum $400,000 funding round. LPPFusion is a small New Jersey R and D firm with the ambitious goal of …

economic impactBreakthroughs could make commercial laser nuclear fusion through billion times improvements in yield

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Two recent scientific breakthroughs have opened a new way to laser fusion reactions according to startup HB11 Energy. It involves the reaction between hydrogen H and the boron isotope 11 (HB11) as uncompressed solid state fuel within an extremely high …

economic impactITER fusion project lies about the dates, budget and power levels

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The expected cost of ITER has risen from $5 billion USD to $20 billion USD, and the timeline for operation at full power was moved from the original estimate of 2016 to 2027. However, the schedule for deuterium and tritium …

fusionTrue Immortality is hard even for civilization or humanity

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True immortality means living forever. Lasting forever is very hard even for a civilization or humanity. What are things that put a species or civilization at risk of ending ? We can look at the criteria for endangered species and …

energyNanocomposite solids can be made into helium resistant materials to enable progress to nuclear fusion and other applications

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Texas A and M researchers investigated how helium behaves in nanocomposite solids, materials made of stacks of thick metal layers. Their findings were a surprise. Rather than making bubbles, the helium in these materials formed long channels, resembling veins in …