[ RadSafe ] Nuclear fusion coming soon

John Gerald Center, Jr john.center at wmich.edu
Fri Jul 8 14:28:52 CDT 2011

As a former Navy Nuke, most personnel on board did not have a clue to what was powering the ship.


> Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Nuclear fusion coming soon
> I agree with Brent, except given the way people cycle through tours of
> duty on ships, the shipyard workers who do repairs and refits, and the
> political people who would be in a position to know, the number of
> people who would have to be in on keeping the secret would be in the
> hundreds of thousands.
> Plus the criteria for a power plant for a ship is rather different
> from
> a stationary plant on shore. Unless a fusion reactor has a higher
> output power/mass-volume ratio than a conventional or fission plant,
> there would be no reason to use one to power a ship (the tradeoff
> between conventional an nuke not always being driven by technical or
> strategic considerations).
> -- 

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