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FUSION REACTION ENGINE…WHERE MIGHT WE HAVE HEARD THIS BEFORE?

Here is an interesting development that quite a few of you shared with me: NASA's development of a pinched plasma fusion engine:

Engine in development could cut Mars travel time to three months

The reasoning behind the development is indicated by the title of the article itself: such an engine would cut travel time to our nearest most interesting celestial neighbor, Mars, by better than a half, thus also tremendously reducing the engineering problems of sustaining a human crew for a journey that could take 16-18 months using currently available technologies.

But I want to draw your attention to three paragraphs in this article, for they contain two implications, one historical, and one ...well, "problematical":

"The engine, dubbed the "Charger-1 Pulsed Power Generator", would be constructed in space along with the rest of the spaceship to avoid the tricky engineering difficulties of getting all that delicate fusion equipment up through the atmosphere—just like the International Space Station. Once ready, the reactor would be engaged, and millions of amps are passed through super-thin lithium wires in 100 nanosecond pulses—this could generate up to three terawatts of power. Those wires vaporize into plasma, which is collapsed onto the core of deuterium and lithium-6, inducing a fusion reaction.

"The energy from that would be forced out the back of the ship in a so-called "z-pinch" using a "magnetic nozzle," a component which the team are also developing. The engine's potential top speed? Over 100,000 km/h. That's roughly the same speed at which the Earth orbits the Sun.

"However, as Business Insider points out, it's likely that any commercial or scientific use of the technology will only be if the US army allows it, as the research is being conducted using equipment repurposed from military projects. And, again, that depends on developing a fusion reactor that generates more power than it consumes." (Emphasis added)

For those familiar with my book, The Nazi International, the description of the engine is based on concepts very similar to those of Austrian scientist Dr Ronald Richter, who described similar plasma stressing and electrical arcing in his concepts for a fusion reactor in 1951. Of course, Richter was roundly denounced by the scientific establishment of his day, since these models and concepts fell well outside the standard model thinking of the day. Nonetheless, Richter's concepts did gain him some odd visits from the US Air Force (in the wake of the Castle-Bravo tests it will be noted), and Richter also outlined how is concepts might be turned to a new form of propulsion.

But for me the real news here is theconcept itself behind the engine, for let it be noted, they(like Richter) are trying to initiate fusion reactions in lithium-6-deuteride via electrical pulsing and squeezing the resulting plasma through a z-pinch to produce the thrust for the engine. Doubtless the reader here has seen already the military implications, for let it be noted this equipment was "repurposed" (a polite euphemism I suspect) from some military projects, which may have been to find that elusive themonuclear bomb - a hydrogen bomb folks - that did not require an atom-bomb as its fuse.... a "clean" hydrogen bomb. It is a strange irony, that such an engine would be seen as a means to take us to a planet named for the god of war, and that such a technology, with a little modification, might lead to a horrific military application.

See you on the flip side.

7 thoughts on “FUSION REACTION ENGINE…WHERE MIGHT WE HAVE HEARD THIS BEFORE?”

  1. Robert Barricklow

    It seems almost as if an early warning system is embedded in the passage of time, or in what Carl Jung called the Collective Unconscious. And that system could seem to be sending a stream of warning signals, enciphered as synchronicities.

  2. Interesting, I wonder now, if the time to get to Mars is shaved down from 6-8 months(with conventional rocket technology)to 3 months by this new “Charger-1 Pulsed Power Generator” (with speeds of 100,000 km/hr);

    “By far the fastest mission to fly past the Moon was NASA’s New Horizons Pluto mission. This mission had a speedy launch, rockets powering the probe to over **58,000 km/hr** to give it a good start on its long trip to the outer Solar System and Pluto.”

    (took the NEW HORIZONS rockets 8hrs 35mins to propel it past the moon.. http://www.universetoday.com/13562/how-long-does-it-take-to-get-to-the-moon/)

    I’m assuming we’ll be able to make a round-trip mission to the MOON in mere hours (maybe 4hrs with a ‘touch n go’, or ‘drop (boom) n go’ *wink*wink*)with this Charger 1 -if we’re not already doing that-, we really are in a mad rush to get to Mars though….

    Honestly, I think the reason for the ‘build-it-out-in-space’ excuse is for the possibility of something going wrong, I don’t think this is a new propulsion technology NASA has been developing, more like a weapon…to be deployed to Mars as. fast. as. humanely. possible. the last thing you want to happen is this thing destroying most of the southern United States if something should go wrong, while in space…you can attribute it to ‘space debris colliding with it’ or whatever…after all if folks can believe that satellites can collide, you can pretty much sell Joe Public on beach front property in Arizona 🙁 , hmm, maybe the new $8.5 Billion James Webb Space Telescope -that will be deployed a bit later- can tell NASA if they have ‘hit the mark’ on Mars, or if what’s on the far-side of the moon really is an artificial object (purportedly a derelict spaceship).

    1. There WAS a satellite collision a few years back.
      There is now a lot of ‘dead’ stuff out there and,
      while there IS an effort to keep track of them,
      orbits decay and can be overlooked.

      Now nearly 30,000 strong known up there
      [not including stray tools, a hazard by itself]
      this HAS become a peril, although no one
      would dare acknowledge it.

  3. NASA doesn’t know about the secret space programme, so it goes along the “standard” evolutionary path.

    Also the high tech stuff is now in the hands of the MIC, so anything NASA blurts out is for the main stream media to feed on.

    Just imagine what they do have, going by Ben Rich’ comments, the MIC is going to the Moon and Mars on a daily basis delivering the newspapers.

    Those NAZI scientists must be rolling over in their graves.

  4. So NASA has a new propulison system it man Mars I wonder what other propulison systems the military has under lock and key. We should have been cruising around the Solar System decades ago instead of the dog and pony show of the last forty years.

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