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October 18, 2014

Several of you have been giving me links to stories about Lockheed Martin's Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor.

Here is an excerpt from their recent press release:

: PALMDALE, Calif., Oct. 15, 2014 – The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Skunk Works® team is working on a new compact fusion reactor (CFR) that can be developed and deployed in as little as ten years. Currently, there are several patents pending that cover their approach.

: While fusion itself is not new, the Skunk Works has built on more than 60 years of fusion research and investment to develop an approach that offers a significant reduction in size compared to mainstream efforts.

: “Our compact fusion concept combines several alternative magnetic confinement approaches, taking the best parts of each, and offers a 90 percent size reduction over previous concepts,” said Tom McGuire, compact fusion lead for the Skunk Works’ Revolutionary Technology Programs. “The smaller size will allow us to design, build and test the CFR in less than a year.”

: After completing several of these design-build-test cycles, the team anticipates being able to produce a prototype in five years. As they gain confidence and progress technically with each experiment, they will also be searching for partners to help further the technology.

What astonishes me is that people are getting all excited about this. LM hasn't even built a prototype yet, and they're looking at ten years to market.

Meanwhile, in the Directory:Cold Fusion sector, we know of many companies that have built prototypes, several of which are working on production prototypes, which could be in the market in 1-3 years -- possibly before Lockheed Martin even has their first prototype built. And the cold fusion iterations are 1) much more energy dense, 2) much more simple, 3) much more affordable, 4) emit little or no radiation.

Yet the mainstream press gets all excited, and even the alternative media, while they ignore the recent cold fusion developments.

So compared to the more promising "exotics" that are in the hopper, I say "Ho Hum" to Lockheed Martin, as exciting as their development may seem to the mainstream world. At least they are pushing the envelope in the mainstream, making the mainstream more open to such revolutionary breakthroughs.

The reason this development has received a flood of news coverage, while the News:E-Cat Fuel Analysis and Validation Paper Posted October 8, 2014 news got barely a trickle, is that this one is coming from Lockheed Martin, so journalist can put their brain in a jar and trust the source without having to think for themselves, even though this development is far less impactful and much further away.

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Compact Fusion Research & Development


At Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®, we’re making advancements in the development of fusion energy, the ultimate form of renewable power. Our scientists and engineers are looking at the biggest natural fusion reactor for inspiration – the sun. By containing the power of the sun in a small magnetic bottle, we are on the fast track to developing compact fusion reactors to serve the world’s ever-growing energy needs. (YouTube October 15, 2014)

Profile: Lockheed Martin

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Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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How Compact Fusion Works


: Nuclear fusion is the process by which the sun works. Our concept will mimic that process within a compact magnetic container and release energy in a controlled fashion to produce power we can use.

: Building on more than 60 years of fusion research, the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works approach to compact fusion is a high beta concept. This concept uses a high fraction of the magnetic field pressure, or all of its potential, so we can make our devices 10 times smaller than previous concepts. That means we can replace a device that must be housed in a large building with one that can fit on the back of a truck.

: A reactor small enough to fit on a truck could provide enough power for a small city of up to 100,000 people

: To mimic the energy created by the sun and control it here on earth, we’re creating a concept that can be contained using a magnetic bottle. The bottle is able to handle extremely hot temperatures, reaching hundreds of millions of degrees. By containing this reaction, we can release it in a controlled fashion to create energy we can use.

: The heat energy created using this compact fusion reactor will drive turbine generators by replacing the combustion chambers with simple heat exchangers. In turn, the turbines will then generate electricity or the propulsive power for a number of applications.

Press Releases

Lockheed Martin Pursuing Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Concept - (Lockheed Martin October 15, 2014)

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Lockheed’s Compact Fusion vs. the E-Cat (EV World) - Thanks to those who shared the following article by Bill Moore from EV World titled ‘Kickstarting the Atomic Age’ in which he notes the appearance on the scene of Lockheed Martin’s announcement of their ‘compact fusion’ plan to commercialize small fusion reactors within a decade, and also the publication of the Lugano report on the E-Cat. (E-CatWorld October 18, 2014)

Lockheed Martin pursues compact fusion reactor concept - Lockheed Martin is making news this week with declarations about putting the Atomic Age on Restart and advancing in the realm of energy. "We are on the fast track to developing compact nuclear fusion reactors to serve the world's ever-growing energy needs." (PhysOrg Oct 16, 2014)

Lockheed says it’ll make a truck-sized fusion reactor within 10 years - Lockheed Martin, the US government’s largest contractor, says it has made a technological breakthrough in nuclear fusion power. The breakthrough will apparently allow Lockheed to build a 100-megawatt “compact fusion reactor” (CFR) that can fit on the back of a truck within 10 years. "I can’t help but wonder if Lockheed’s announcement was somehow timed to take some of the steam out of last week’s cold fusion breakthrough." -- Sebastian Anthony, Senior Editor (ExtremeTech October 16, 2014

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project - 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. (Yahoo News October 16, 2014)

A big bet on small - Lockheed Martin thinks it can make fusion power a reality within a decade (Economist October 16, 2014)

Lockheed's Big Idea for Small Fusion - Researchers at Lockheed Martin's famous Skunk Works say they have a breakthrough concept that could bring the world clean, safe fusion energy sooner than anybody thought. (Foreign Policy OCTOBER 15, 2014)

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project - 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. (Chicago Tribune October 15, 2014)

Lockheed announces breakthrough on nuclear fusion energy - 100MW reactor small enough to fit on back of a truck Cleaner energy source could be in use within 10 years ( October 15, 2014)

Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details - Lockheed Martin aims to develop compact reactor prototype in five years, production unit in 10 (Aviation Week Oct 15, 2014)


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