The Race for Pure Fusion Power

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– A preleminary business plan for building simple fusion energy plants and space ships

If You are interested in pure fusion detonations for civilian energy provision purposes You may be right on my blog. I like to write about technology, that has generally the power to be bad in the wrong hands and to be good in the right hands. I write about ethics and theology, philosophy and new Stellar Ecology a generalization of planetary ecology that gives mankind a very simple but also very beautiful sense in the universe. I write about interstellar travel and the preconditions for that. Mostly I write in German – just because it is much easier to me. In this article I will write about the organizational problems and the main development risks of a pure fusion energy development program.

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Flying Platforms with Nuclear Pulse Propulsion

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In the near future, only in a few decades, space travel could look like this: huge flying platforms that are propelled by pure fusion detonations start from earth’s surface and fly nonstop to mars and land there after a few weeks in it’s desert near a building site. A ticket to mars will be affordable for most people. The platforms are made of concrete and construction steel and of 30,000 metric tons mass. The technology is rather primitive but complicated. The more mass the better for the vessels. The power of the fusion detonations is huge. The fuels are liquid deuterium for the fusion pulse units with liquid methane, oxygen and tritium for the pure fusion primary igniters. Pure fusion detonators are possible, there’s a chance that they already secretely exist in the arsenals. The energy of fusion propulsion is 10,000 times more than that of chemical propulsion. This and its side effects makes the tickets up to 50,000 times cheaper. Trips to earth orbit will cost $1000, to the moon and back $5000, to mars and back $20,000, value in currency of 2012. I know that this sounds unbelievable, but I will convince You with physical and engineering arguments in the following text.

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A Flying Construction Platform

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This is a proposal of a construction platform based on Orion technology. It shall be based on the moon, where it is serviced and maintenanced, and shall be used primary at building sites in lunar orbit. It’s technology traces back to the Orion project. Orion was a space ship that was developed theoretically and with smaller prototypes in the 50th and 60th. It had a nuclear pulse engine. This means it provided huge energy and therefore – first – a high specific impulse, and – second – as well a very high thrust. The Orion nuclear engine is the only known propulsion principle, that can offer both at the same time. This is because of the immense nuclear power of atomic bombs. [If you are interested in that topic also have a look on my newer and much more detailed article Flying Platforms with Nuclear Pulse Propulsion]

The Orion space ship, Fig [1]

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The Four Stroke Thermonuclear Motor

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– proposal for a fusion energy plant of GW size buildable at present: a fusion bomb steam machine

[This is the older and original version of the thermonuclear fusion steam machine. The article describes in detail, how I got the idea, and why I was sure, that it could work. But there was still a thermodynamic trap in the approach, and after some years the plant would have suffered the heat death. I did a change in the geometry and size to avoid this problem. Please refer to the newest version: „The Nomad Fusion Reactor“]

Scientists all over the world, experts for Nuclear Physics and Plasma Physics, are working today on Billion Dollars expensive experimental devices [1][2][3][3a] to make Fusion Energy available to mankind. They are developing their giant plants for about 40 years [3] now, but they are not much further (in producing energy) than hobbyists that are building small electrodynamic fusion energy devices in their cellars for a few thousand dollars [4]. Both, the big and the small devices, turn out a nuclear fusion reaction, and both have the same problem: they don’t produce energy. Of course there is energy from the fusion reaction, but in both cases it is much less than the fusion reactor consumes itself. So the scientific reports periodically released are very depressive to read. There is also an illustrious scientific work, a dissertation, that circulates for 17 years, which calculates, that both kinds – the big and the small – of continuous fusion reactors will never work, both because of the same reasons [5].

Fusion Energy is available for about 60 years now since the first thermonuclear bomb was ignited on Nov 1, 1952. But where are the power plants? And which size will they have? Notice the little man standing in front of ITER. Where’s the steam turbine and the electric power generator in the drawing of DEMO? Fig: [5a]

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Methoden zur Ueberwindung stellarer Distanzen

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Gestern habe ich zufaelligerweise den Animationsfilm „Alien Planet“ von 2005 gesehen, eine Fernsehdokumentation, in der versucht wurde mit vom Computer generierten Filmsequenzen eine Sondenmission zu einem hypothetischen extrasolaren Planeten namens „Darwin 4“ in 6,5 Lichtjahren Entfernung nachzustellen [1]. Das Drehbuch beruht auf Zeichnungen des amerikanischen Kuenstlers Wayne Barlow, der in einem seiner Buecher 1990 [2] eine interstellare Forschungsreise umrissen hatte. Zu den Animationssequenzen von Alien Planet sind immer wieder die Kommentare einiger Wissenschaftler und Filmschaffender zu sehen, u.a. treten der Physiker Stephen Hawking und der Regisseur George Lucas auf. In Alien Planet geht es neben den hypothetischen Kreaturen vor allem um die irdische Explorationstechnik, in Form von robotischen Ballonsonden „Leo“ und „Ike“, Landefaehren (von denen eine aehnlich der Columbia 2003 beim Wiedereintritt verglueht) und einem interstellaren Mutterschiff namens „Von Braun“ [3].

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