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This New Fusion Engine Will
Cut The Travel Time
To Mars Down To Six Weeks

Business Insider, by Geoffrey Ingersoll

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Posted By:Photoonist, 10/4/2012 2:29:13 PM

Brace yourselves: Researchers at University of Huntsville in Alabama say they are using "Dilithium Crystals" in a new fusion impulse engine that could cut the travel time to Mars down to as little as six weeks, not the six months it takes now. Txchnologist, an online magazine sponsored by General Electric, talked to team member and aerospace engineering PH.D. candidate Ross Cortez, he said "The fusion fuel we're focusing on is deuterium [a stable isotope of hydrogen] and Li6 [a stable isotope of the metal lithium] in a crystal structure." "That's basically dilithium crystals we're using," he said (Snip) The

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''Cap'n, I'm given her all she's got.'' Last week the warm drive, this week, impulse power.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pgvoisin, 10/4/2012 2:36:01 PM     (No. 8909748)

"Who is John Galt"?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rabidrabbit1, 10/4/2012 2:44:05 PM     (No. 8909777)

Life imitates art.

No. 1, I am John Galt.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: miceal, 10/4/2012 2:47:48 PM     (No. 8909785)

Ahead full impulse Mr. Sulu...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Photoonist, 10/4/2012 2:49:47 PM     (No. 8909791)

Oops, ''warp'' drive.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: old north state, 10/4/2012 2:53:05 PM     (No. 8909799)

Now there's some news you can use.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Slartibartfast, 10/4/2012 2:57:27 PM     (No. 8909815)

I swear, Gene Roddenberry was an alien or from our future! No, I do not watch Ancient Aliens religiously. s/

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Reply 7 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 10/4/2012 3:07:44 PM     (No. 8909846)

I call BS - the U.S. and Russians have been doing fusion research since the 60s, and it hasn't produced squat except for a hot plasma.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 10/4/2012 3:27:38 PM     (No. 8909932)

When they get close to the breakeven point call me. For now they will need nuclear powered Ion engines for the 6 weeks trip time.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: prairiemain, 10/4/2012 7:01:17 PM     (No. 8910468)

No 7, that's exactly what you need. They're not interested in harnessing the fusion to produce electricity but to generate impulse out the rear. Much like a conventional rocket produces "hot plasma" only chemically. The reason it is not used as a fusion power source is because containment is still the problem. In a rocket motor, you don't expect to contain it -- you want it to go whoosh out the back.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: sudmuf, 10/5/2012 6:06:39 AM     (No. 8911147)

If we can think it we can do it. Remember Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". Today the nuclear attack submarine can take out ships, fleets, cities and countries.

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