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Fusion could power spacecraft within 10 years


Posted on Monday, 17 June, 2019 | Comment icon 3 comments

The drive is being developed by scientists at Princeton. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Cswancmu
A new type of nuclear fusion propulsion system could see spacecraft make it to Saturn in a matter of months.
Often seen as the Holy Grail of power generation, nuclear fusion is the same process that produces energy in the Sun and works by fusing hydrogen nuclei together to create helium.

Harnessing this as a method of power generation however has long proven a challenge.
More recently though, scientists at Princeton have been developing a new type of spacecraft propulsion system that takes advantage of the benefits offered by nuclear fusion energy.

Known as the Direct Fusion Drive (DFD), the ambitious engine fuses helium-3 and deuterium to produce large amounts of energy but with next to no dangerous radioactive waste.

While the new drive is still a work-in-progress, its creators believe that it could fly for the first time by 2028 and that it will be capable of significantly reducing the time it takes to reach distant worlds.


Source: Space.com | Comments (3)


Tags: Nuclear Fusion


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog on 18 June, 2019, 0:34
Wow !, but are they telling that to get more funding or they are on something for real?
Comment icon #2 Posted by S I N on 19 June, 2019, 9:26
that is amazing
Comment icon #3 Posted by tmcom on 29 June, 2019, 15:44
Thats great, but hate to be a party pooper here, but l am pretty sure she said Saturn 2 years. Just change it to Mars.


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