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Opinion: Applying the lessons of Apollo

George Leopold
7/10/2009 01:00 PM EDT

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truant
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truant   7/10/2009 6:52:52 PM
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Dear Jyoshida, My dad worked on the Apollo program, so it is with some measure of personal satisfaction that I look back on the achievement. I have followed the development of the Polywell Fusion Reactor with some interest since it was first publicized by the late Dr. Bussard on a Google tech talk under the heading of ?should Google go nuclear?. It has been recently published that WB7 (the 7th iteration of the machine, and the second to break Dr. Farnsworth?s record for DD fusions/second) results went exceptionally well. Funding has been provided for two follow on machines WB8 and WB8.1, which are to be larger machines, capable of steady-state operation with the goal of producing several milliwatts of net power, as well as testing out other fuel combinations such as Hydrogen-Boron or pB11. The days of massive government funded endeavors are not over yet, but thankfully new technologies are allowing private entrepreneurs to take our civilization to new realms with devices and services hardly dreamed of in the Apollo days, at a cost significantly reduced by the distributed nature of the effort. I hope that someday soon the engineer is once again revered and rewarded as the sustaining architect of our civil society. Best Regards, TedK, BSEE

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junko.yoshida   7/10/2009 2:47:26 PM
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What do you believe the biggest technology challenge for a generation of engineers of our time -- equivalent to the Apollo project? We'd like to know what you think.

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