The Bussard Fusion Reactor Is Set For The Next Research Stage.  Private emails are circulating reports that Dr. Robert Bussard has come to an agreement with the US Navy to resume fusion research.  M. Simon broke the “news” sometime after midnight last night August 22, 2007.  See:

http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/2007/08/bussard-reactor-funded.html

Other sources are saying the agreement closed on August 21st and that Dr Bussard has hired two Los Alamos PhDs for assistance.  Laboratory preparations are underway in Santa Fe New Mexico.  Dr. Bussard is said to have a goal of reportable results in March of 2008.

It seems the purpose of the funding is to prepare to completion a repeatable test unit using the principles Dr. Bussard has developed that can be observed by independent reviewers.

Absent an official press release the information is very noteworthy.   There is an underlying theme of discretion about the agreement.  Everyone should keep in mind that all of the information herein is many steps away from first source and due to the parties wishes for discretion may not be directly confirmed.

I do wish to add that for whatever reason the Bussard research ship ran aground, I wish to express my respects to the officials responsible for putting it back to sea.  Should the research continue and develop into the potential Dr. Bussard’s physics express, these officials will have made their organization a historic marker in mankind’s technical development.  If not, their integrity and commitment for research and development remains intact providing the good fight done with honor on behalf of the American people.

Even without hard confirmed news it is still a day to be proud to be an American.


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  1. M. Simon on August 23, 2007 6:56 PM

    Sweet.

    It is a proud day to be an American.

    BTW I can confirm all the points you have made (probably the same sources).

  2. Classical Values on August 23, 2007 7:01 PM

    Bussard Reactor Funded?…

    I just received an e-mail claiming that the Navy has funded Dr. Bussard to complete his WB-7 fusion reactor experiment. In addition the e-mail claims the Navy is on board for the full up power demo if the WB-7 results……

  3. JD on August 23, 2007 8:20 PM

    A proud day indeed. It’s always possible that Mr. Bussard and his team got something wrong but I think the odds are he’s got it right. The time period also coincides well with the Navy doing a quick review of prospects (and perhaps some arm wrestling with DOE?).

    The implications of a successful demo are staggering!

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  5. Jeremy Williams on August 24, 2007 10:58 PM

    Joy!! Joy! JOY!!!

    Let the bells ring!

    Even if break even is not achieved, the device will be the breakthrough needed to make Thorium reactors a going concern. Even Islamic countries can have Thorium reactors.

    Break out the bubbly!!

  6. Tony Belding on August 26, 2007 1:47 PM

    I’m holding back my cheers until it’s verified and we know this isn’t yet another false alarm.

  7. Corey872 on September 14, 2007 12:46 PM

    I hope someone has taken up the cause. What ever happened to the “Should Google go nuclear” talks? It seems like $200 million is such a small drop in the bucket. Heck, I would be willing to chip in $100 from my own pocket. Surely, there are a couple million other people around who would feel the same way?

    What did Bussard quote…”Countless billions of stars in the universe all doing nuclear fusion….and not a single one of them is shaped like a donut!”

    Heck that is good enough for me! Fire up WB7!

  8. M Chatterton on September 17, 2007 3:24 PM

    Those of you who think Bussard has the answer with IEC Fusion are suckers. His presentation at Google was a complete pitch for $$$. Watch the talk and you find all the elements of pathological science at work:
    1) Inventor proclaims great invention
    2) Greedy establishment scientists hate great invention (and/or inventor) and want to quash it, fearless inventor battles odds and gets money from true believers (often in the Navy for some weird reason).
    3)Years go by, millions are spent. Inventor, having not saved the world, loses funding, which he attributes to enemies subverting him.
    4)World is screwed.

    Welcome to the world of pathological science!

  9. Xavier on September 19, 2007 12:52 PM

    Sounds a lot like Tokamak and ITER. Billions spent, decades of research done and the taxpayers holding the bill. I don’t know what is worse, continuing down a path that has not worked (magnetic confinement) or trying something new that is theoretically possible. Magnetic confinement fusion was sold by Hirsch and Bussard to jump start the interest of this nation to fund research in this area. I think that it is time that other ideas were given a fair shake.

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  13. corey872 on October 18, 2007 12:32 PM

    M Chatterton – you bring up a good point, even though it may be a little juvenile with the name calling.

    Nevertheless, I am not a nuclear scientist. Although working in a technical field, and having a chemistry background, many of the general ideas Bussard puts forward seem to make sense. I never attempted to justify Bussard’s work as the ultimate truth. I fully realize it may very well be a flight of fancy to a dead end with no hope of ever producing net power. My point was that compared to the countless billions spent researching magnetic tokomak’s and other sources of energy that have yet to yield a single watt of net power, a couple hundred million to finish Bussard’s work seems like a tiny amount in the great scheme of things. Especially if the goal is achieved.

    I don’t picture myself as a “sucker” anymore than someone who spends $100 for a night out on the town, at the theater, amusement park, ball game, or what ever. You pay your money, enjoy the experience and leave with memories of the event. I don’t see that as being much different than saying “oh, I remember 2007 – I chipped in a $100 donation to see if an old man could light the fires of nuclear fusion in a wiffle ball” Maybe he does, maybe not.

    I will only say that history is littered with big, well funded, scientific projects that have utterly failed while those shoestring funded projects getting by with a relatively few smart, dedicated individuals have had great success.

    Now, off to check out the donation link. But I’m with Ronald – I think the way to get the money really flowing is to sell shares in EMC2.

  14. W. Heath on October 23, 2007 10:53 AM

    M. Chatterton, I would say your comments absolutely exemplify “pathological science” or alternatively “Bush-Cheney science”. Make stupid, inane criticisms of a complex technology, and use those lame arguments to throw billions to your buddies in Corn Ethanol or the Hydrogen economy. There isn’t an energy technology on Earth that you couldn’t attach your criteria for “pathological science” to at some point or other.

    It is actually very simple-minded, get some of the best scientists & engineers, in the field, who are not vested interests, to thoroughly analyze the technology, and present a solid, well-researched report to a funding board consisting of Scientists and Engineers, who are not politically connected, of impeccable credentials and let them determine the relative merit and level of funding for each technology according to economic principles of probability of success times potential economic gain. If that was done there wouldn’t be 10’s of billions spent on the hydrogen economy and corn ethanol and other impractical technologies

  15. Dmitri on December 13, 2007 3:25 AM

    There is also another interesting line of fusion research underway. Check Proton-21 web site. The reactor they are planning to build is fairly small and eventually may be used in any household and even to power a car. Physicist from the lab is visiting the U of IL in February with a seminar.

  16. Brandon on December 19, 2007 12:00 PM

    Does anybody have a link to a site that we can check the progress of their experiments?

  17. Brian Westenhaus on December 19, 2007 12:19 PM

    Not yet, Brandon. Sorry. If there was it would be quickly and widely reported.

  18. Andrew Ormonde on March 7, 2008 9:48 AM

    People, M. Chatterton maybe right or he maybe wrong regarding EMC2, but he has a point. We should always test (as far as possible) the authenticity of any claim of this nature.

    I must admit I was sceptical when I heard that the most important breakthrough came on the very last day of work after 20-years of trying.

    It is also important to note that EMC2 admit that they have not reached nett power yet, however Russards distinguished record and background leads one to believe that this system is worthy of further funding.

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