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Old April 7 2013, 09:56 PM   #7
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Re: New Fusion System for Rocket Propulsion

Ronald Held wrote: View Post
Controlled fusion has been a decade away for several times that, so I am skeptical that it will occur any time soon.
The thing is, UNCONTROLLED fusion is relatively easy. Controlled fusion is hard because of the "control" part: superheated metallic plasma is hard to control and nearly impossible to extract useful energy from it.

This technique is essentially a very small fusion bomb being detonated inside of a rocket nozzle and so the working principle is pretty simple. It only needs to be controlled well enough to not obliterate the entire engine, and that's just a matter of conventional rocket science.
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