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Old May 19 2014, 04:53 PM   #35
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Re: how would you build a colony?

varek wrote: View Post
If we could collect enough helium-3, known as "extraterrestrial helium," we could use fusion energy for our colonies.
In the Star Trek universe, they use the Deuterium-Deuterium or Deuterium-Tritium fuel cycle; they would consider Helium-3 to be more of a novelty than a real solution.

In the real world, there has been no significant development in the Helium-3 fuel cycle other than a prediction by theoretical physicists that it would be easier to do than D-D or D-T, and thus it is constantly being mentioned by space exploration enthusiasts looking for a McGuffin to justify modern colonization.
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