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Going to Mars via Fusion Power? Could Be | TIME.com

Going to Mars via Fusion Power? Could Be | TIME.com | Direct Fusion Drive | Scoop.it
A high-speed, lightweight way to travel in space — provided someone can actually build the thing
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Big press for the Direct Fusion Drive!!

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Fusion Research

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The Direct Fusion Drive allows for faster and safer missions by burning aneutronic fuel in a compact fusion reactor that is well suited for round-trip manned missions to Mars and beyond.  To find out more about this fusion-powered craft for a Mars misison- this link is to a wonderful Prezi.

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Fusion Research

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Spacecraft Control Toolbox, Aircraft Control Toolbox at Princeton Satellite Systems. We are a leader in the development of spacecraft and satellite control systems for the spacecraft industry
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Cold fusion reactor independently verified, has 10,000 times the energy density of gas

Cold fusion reactor independently verified, has 10,000 times the energy density of gas | Direct Fusion Drive | Scoop.it

Against all probability, a device that purports to use cold fusion to generate vast amounts of power has been verified by a panel of independent scientists. The research paper, which hasn’t yet undergone peer review, seems to confirm both the existence of cold fusion, and its potency: The cold fusion device being tested has roughly 10,000 times the energy density and 1,000 times the power density of gasoline. Even allowing for a massively conservative margin of error, the scientists say that the cold fusion device they tested is 10 times more powerful than gasoline — which is currently the best fuel readily available to mankind.
The device being tested, called by Energy Catalyzer (E-Cat for short), was created by Andrea Rossi. Rossi has been claiming for the past two years that he had finally cracked cold fusion, but much to the chagrin of the scientific community he hasn’t allowed anyone to independently analyze the device — until now. While it sounds like the scientists had a fairly free rein while testing the E-Cat, we should stress that they still don’t know exactly what’s going on inside the sealed steel cylinder reactor. Still, the seven scientists, all from good European universities, obviously felt confident enough with their findings to publish the research paper.


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Our compettion - lets see if it pans out

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Electric (Ion) Propulsion

Electric (Ion) Propulsion | Direct Fusion Drive | Scoop.it

Electric propulsion works by using electrical energy to accelerate a propellant to much higher velocities than is possible using chemical reactions.  The most common propellant used in ion engines is xenon.  Early ion engines used mercury and cesium, but they proved hard to work with.


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if only these produced more thrust...  which is why we developed the DFD

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