Swiss-cheese Design Could Advance Nuclear Fusion

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) are adding tiny, Swiss-cheese-type holes to components to improve fusion energy generation processes. Above -PPPL physicist Andrei Khodak next to diagrams showing his concept for a porous fusion facility wall (Collage by Elle Starkman / PPPL Office of Communications) New computer simulations …

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Converting Solar Wind and Interstellar Plasma Drag into Propulsion

The Plasma Magnet work sponsored by NIAC in 2004-2005 developed a means of producing drag against the interplanetary solar wind or interstellar medium with high drag-to-mass ratio. A new class of reaction drive is discussed, in which reaction mass is expelled from a vehicle using power extracted from the relative motion of the vehicle and …

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Scalable New Fusion Drive

The Helicity Drive concept is a novel magneto-inertial fusion concept designed for a fusion space propulsion system. It has promising Lawson criterion performance scaling with input geometry resulting in power output that is uniquely scalable across thrust power classes (10s kW to GW levels) at high specific power. It exploits magnetic reconnection as a fast, …

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Pulsed Nuclear Fusion Pinch Propulsion

Fission/fusion hybrid and pulsed fusion propulsion have been shown to significantly reduce the trip times for space travel. The specific approach being pursued at UAH PRC is called z-pinch. Jason Cassibry has been funded by Limitless Space Institute to study and advance 100 kev nuclear pinch propulsion. They have a near-term goal of scaling to …

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Exploring ALL Interstellar Propulsion Concepts

Kelvin Long explores the Advanced Space Propulsion Landscape and goes from all of the concepts from different energy drives (chemical to antimatter), beam concepts, space drives and time drives. Kelvin has worked on various fusion propulsion, laser sails and evaporating black hole drives. Kelvin is also looking at hybridized concepts for things like combining nuclear …

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Limitless Space Institute for Interstellar Travel by 2100

Limitless Space Institute is sponsoring student programs and giving away about $2 million every two years in grants for work towards enabling interstellar travel. They gave out nine grants. Limitless Space Institute is working with the Breakthrough Institute. Limitless Space Institute is led by Sonny White. Sonny White and his team is also working on …

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Tajmar Tests Refutes Emdrive Reactionless Drive and Mach Effect Thruster Claims

Tajmars team at Dresden University of Technology had intensive tests and analysis of three EmDrive variants and measurements refute all EmDrive claims by at least 3 orders of magnitude. High-Accuracy Thrust Measurements of the EMDrive and Elimination of False-Positive Effects High-Accuracy Thrust Measurements of the EMDrive and Elimination of False-Positive Effects The EMDrive is a …

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Tripling Optical Storage With New Encoding Approach

Purdue University innovators have created technology aimed at replacing Morse code with colored “digital characters” to modernize optical storage. This will allow more data to be stored and for that data to be read at a quicker rate. Rather than using the traditional dots and dashes as commonly used in these technologies, the Purdue innovators …

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Surpassing Optical Limit for 28000 Times Blu-Ray Storage on a 12 Centimeter Disk

We could soon store 700 Terabytes on a 12-centimeter optical disk which would be equal to storing 28,000 Blu-ray disks. A separate advance with in data encoding could triple storage to 2.1 Petabytes in a single optical disk. Researchers at USST, RMIT and NUS have overcome the optical diffraction limit by using earth-rich lanthanide-doped upconversion …

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