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Old October 15 2014, 08:19 PM   #1
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Fusion Power for Really Real?

I know this should technically be in Science and Technology, but the implications of this for, well, EVERYTHING, seem so huge to me that they go well beyond a niche interest in science and tech.

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

Well, okay - so I know it's barely even a prototype of a prototype. But still, this is Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks, not some investment scam or Pons-y (Fleischmann-y) scheme. They have the science and say they'll have a working prototype inside of a year, I take that to mean that even accounting for them being on "government contract time", we'll see something real inside of 3-4 years.
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Old October 15 2014, 08:29 PM   #2
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Re: Fusion Power for Really Real?

Blimey !
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Old October 15 2014, 08:31 PM   #3
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Re: Fusion Power for Really Real?

I look forward to seeing a working model in the next 12 months.
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Old October 15 2014, 08:33 PM   #4
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Re: Fusion Power for Really Real?

I am looking forward to its practical use in fifty years.
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Old October 15 2014, 08:56 PM   #5
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"We've yet to build a prototype of a prototype of a prototype. It'll be smooth sailing from here, what could possibly go wrong?"
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Old October 15 2014, 09:01 PM   #6
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They need to get on the ball if they want to beat Mr. Fusion to market by next year!
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Old October 17 2014, 12:31 PM   #7
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it had better be too cheap to meter
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Old October 17 2014, 01:10 PM   #8
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Re: Fusion Power for Really Real?

Considering that even ITER isn't expected to do much until the late 2020s (if major problems can even be solved) I'm not that enthusiastic.

Hasn't "Fusion power will be ready in 20 years!" been said for like 50 years now?
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Old October 17 2014, 06:01 PM   #9
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Well, ITER is using a Tokamak-style reactor. Part of the point of this project is that it's *not* a Tokamak, it's a different approach.
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Old October 17 2014, 06:08 PM   #10
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Re: Fusion Power for Really Real?

IF they can get a stable, contained reaction, 5 or 10 years down the line.
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Old October 17 2014, 06:56 PM   #11
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Re: Fusion Power for Really Real?

It's not for really real, just for fake real.
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Old October 17 2014, 08:00 PM   #12
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If (and that's a really big if) it turns out to be true and they're really about 10 years from a large scale, commercially viable fusion reactor Lockheed will jumpstart itself to become the biggest company in the world.

I really hope it happens because it has the potential to affect humanity the same way the wheel, the printing press and the Internet did.

If it's real.
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Old October 17 2014, 08:26 PM   #13
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^ Nothing unreal exists.
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Old October 17 2014, 11:20 PM   #14
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They have top men working on it... Top Men.

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Old October 18 2014, 06:36 PM   #15
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Considering that even ITER isn't expected to do much until the late 2020s (if major problems can even be solved) I'm not that enthusiastic.

Hasn't "Fusion power will be ready in 20 years!" been said for like 50 years now?
Strong AI has been "just around the corner" for, I don't know, 30 or 40 years now, too.
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