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Tyr-Ziu Saxnot
10-15-2014, 07:47 PM

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project


By Andrea Shalal
9 hours ago

By Andrea Shalal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade.

Tom McGuire, who heads the project, said he and a small team had been working on fusion energy at Lockheed's secretive Skunk Works for about four years, but were now going public to find potential partners in industry and government for their work.

Initial work demonstrated the feasibility of building a 100-megawatt reactor measuring seven feet by 10 feet, which could fit on the back of a large truck, and is about 10 times smaller than current reactors, McGuire told reporters.

In a statement, the company, the Pentagon's largest supplier, said it would build and test a compact fusion reactor in less than a year, and build a prototype in five years.

In recent years, Lockheed has gotten increasingly involved in a variety of alternate energy projects, including several ocean energy projects, as it looks to offset a decline in U.S. and European military spending.

Lockheed's work on fusion energy could help in developing new power sources amid increasing global conflicts over energy, and as projections show there will be a 40 percent to 50 percent increase in energy use over the next generation, McGuire said.

If it proves feasible, Lockheed's work would mark a key breakthrough in a field that scientists have long eyed as promising, but which has not yet yielded viable power systems. The effort seeks to harness the energy released during nuclear fusion, when atoms combine into more stable forms.

"We can make a big difference on the energy front," McGuire said, noting Lockheed's 60 years of research on nuclear fusion as a potential energy source that is safer and more efficient than current reactors based on nuclear fission.

Lockheed sees the project as part of a comprehensive approach to solving global energy and climate change problems.

Compact nuclear fusion would produce far less waste than coal-powered plants since it would use deuterium-tritium fuel, which can generate nearly 10 million times more energy than the same amount of fossil fuels, the company said.

Ultra-dense deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen, is found in the earth's oceans, and tritium is made from natural lithium deposits.

It said future reactors could use a different fuel and eliminate radioactive waste completely.

McGuire said the company had several patents pending for the work and was looking for partners in academia, industry and among government laboratories to advance the work.

Lockheed said it had shown it could complete a design, build and test it in as little as a year, which should produce an operational reactor in 10 years, McGuire said. A small reactor could power a U.S. Navy warship, and eliminate the need for other fuel sources that pose logistical challenges.

U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers run on nuclear power, but they have large fission reactors on board that have to be replaced on a regular cycle.

"What makes our project really interesting and feasible is that timeline as a potential solution," McGuire said.

Put billions in from our government that decade time could be cut down greatly methinks. But why would our government want to cut its strings to M.E oil when they over there have bought so many of our politicians?
Drill here, fast track this huge power source , we could be completely fuel independent from M.E. IN LESS THAT TEN YEARS!
Who thinks our government will dare pursue that path?
Who is willing to bet on it?
This nation is now enslaved because our politicians refuse to cut those multi-billion dollar strings.
Easier for them to keep taking the bribes, primarily the dems doing that but some Republicans are bought out too.--Tyr

10-18-2014, 06:59 PM
Scientists Share What They Really Think Of Lockheed Martin's Fusion "Breakthrough" (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/scientists-share-really-think-lockheed-173000568.html)

As of now, Lockheed's results are purely theoretical, so it's hard to know whether they will work in reality, Rosi Reed, an assistant professor of physics at Wayne State University and researcher at the Large Hadron Collider, told Mother Jones (http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/10/lockheed-martin-nuclear-fusion-skeptical).When asked if the concept of Lockheed's new design was in any way unique or novel, Zarnstorff told Business Insider that it was too early to tell.
While headlines touted Lockheed's results as a "breakthrough (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/15/us-lockheed-fusion-idUSKCN0I41EM20141015)" that could "change the world forever (http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2014/10/15/lockheed-martin-claims-fusion-breakthrough-that-could-change-world-forever/)," the corporation used no such language in its press release. However, it appears that we will have to wait at least a little while longer before any reactor Lockheed envisions enters the market.

We'll see but my guess is it has nothing to do with enslavement.

10-18-2014, 07:06 PM
Interesting . I have a good friend who is an engineer for Lockheed. I will have to ask and see what if anything he can tell me about this.

10-19-2014, 06:08 PM
`I am amazed that wasn't immediately swept into the Black Budget....this is a game changer`