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PostPosted: Sep 13, 2015 2:51 pm 
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It has been nearly a year since this thread started. Has anyone heard any updates?

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PostPosted: Oct 20, 2015 12:07 pm 
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I have not seen any recent reports, but I think it is safe to assume the project is still underway.

Molten salt reactor technology has been making news, such as this story about China that you have probably already seen.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/54 ... r-program/

I don't care who wins the race, only that we get cheap, clean energy ASAP.


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PostPosted: May 05, 2016 8:30 pm 
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The Lockheed announcement in October 2014 on their compact fusion work was what led me to discover the Thorium Energy Alliance, Kirk Sorensen, and more.
Christopher Calder wrote:
I don't care who wins the race, only that we get cheap, clean energy ASAP.
I sort of agree with Christopher--implicit in "cheap" is abundant--except that I like the Flibe Energy design goals.

How 'bout Lockheed Martin's Joint Strike Fighter Program, eh? That's a serious machine; $98 million a copy?

Program cost:

US$1.508 trillion (total with inflation), US$55.1B for RDT&E, $319.1B for procurement, $4.8B for MILCON, $1123.8B for operations & sustainment

Unit cost:
F-35A: $98M (low rate initial production without engine, full production in 2018 to be $85M)
F-35B: US$104M (low rate initial production without engine)
F-35C: US$116M (low rate initial production without engine)

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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2018 1:54 pm 
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Lockheed Martin Now Has a Patent For Its Potentially World Changing Fusion Reactor

At least the diagram is showing a "blanket" now...


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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2018 4:37 pm 
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If the system works, it’s hard to underscore just how dramatically it could change not just the future of warfare, but the basic nature of human existence. Running on approximately 25 pounds of fuel – a mixture of hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium – Lockheed Martin estimated the notional reactor would be able to run for an entire year without stopping. The device would be able to generate a constant 100 megawatts of power during that period.
Kirk: It was the October 2014 article on Lockheed Martin's CFR, that was forwarded from my physicist friend and erstwhile colleague, that lead me to your forum here on thorium MSRs. CFR is a major game changer.

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PostPosted: Apr 01, 2018 6:22 pm 
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This thread started about 3 1/2 years ago, and I have yet to hear about the usual metrics of fusion like energy confinement time, density, or neutrons produced by the Lockheed device.

Fission was discovered in 1938. In 1939, it was discovered that fission releases neutrons, showing the possibility of a chain reaction. In 1942, a chain reaction was demonstrated, which, of course, produced net energy. Fusion has been at it for decades, and apart from the H-bomb, has nothing to show for it.

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