Thursday, October 30, 2008

New IEC Fusion Experiment Contract has a solicitation for a bid for more experiments by EMC2, Doc Bussard's company now being run (at least on the experimental side) by Rick Nebel.

The Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, China Lake, CA intends to procure on an other than full and open competition basis a service to provide: 1) Research of Electrostatic "Wiffle Ball" Fusion Device. The contractor is to specifically investigate the required instrumentation to achieve spatially resolved plasma densities and spatially resolved particle energies. This requirement is sole sourced to Energy Matter Conversion Corporation, 1202 Parkway Drive, Suite A, Santa Fe, NM 87501, as the only company in the world investigating and developing this type of device.
What does that mean in terms of progress with the Bussard Fusion Reactor? It means that the experiments delineated in the Fusion Report 29 August 2008 had at least enough success to warrant further work.

Dave Price has some thoughts and more details.

Cross Posted at Classical Values


Roj said...

Simply wonderful. I had not thought it would happen this quick, I thought by Summer 2009, at he latest. I love being wrong, :-).

Anonymous said...

Agreed, this is very encouraging. Congratulations to Nebel and the rest of the team for a job well done.

Roj said...

2 polywells and an ion gun, WHooo who.

Anonymous said...

This isn't a big deal, guys. Even Nebel himself (over at talk-polywell) says this is "keep yourself alive until they decide" funding.

I guess another 6-9 months, right Simon?