Lockheed Martin Now Has a Patent For Its Potentially World Changing Fusion Reactor

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    When it first announced the project, the company said it could have a working prototype of the revolutionary power source as early as 2019.

     
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    Fascinating stuff. I hope it pans out.
     
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    That's pretty cool! I want to be the first one to have a fusion-powered monster truck. Instead of "rollin' coal", I'll be "rollin' Deuterium plasma."
     
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    There hasn't been much progress in nuclear fusion for decades. I hope this spurs a 'fusion race' with other companies. LMT may or may not be successful, but if a dozen companies put in the R&D, I'll bet one of them gets it done. That would be a game changer.
     
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    I bet China's far, far ahead of the US by now.
     
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    Of course they are, they steal the tech data every day.
     
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    I hope they spend decades on it, and it ends up not being able to power a refrigerator.
     
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    Ultimately solar power is the final answer to all energy needs of the human race, but fusion is a close second if perfected as it doesn't produce harmful chemical like CO2 or Methane. How they may have solved the conundrum of getting more energy out of the reaction than goes in is the key question. The sun uses natural gravity to power its fusion reactions, to do it on Earth they'd have to reach temps of 100 million degrees. That takes a lot of energy which makes it so hard to get more out than you put in.
     
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    What makes it possible is that it can be done fairly easily. What makes it dangerous is controlling it. Not being able to control it might make a runaway and you just might lose an entire county to the damage in an instant before it runs out of fuel. It appears that Lockheed thinks they have the control licked.

    Imagine a nuclear fission power bomber without the nasty fallout and nasty rays. Something the size of the old B-36 comes to mind except modern.
     
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    Red is a good color for a corvette yes?
     

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