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Subject: Re: Your fusion dollars
Date: Nov 16, 4:22 pm
Poster: Richard Hester

On Nov 16, 4:22 pm, Richard Hester wrote:

I had pretty much given up on laser fusion as a practical energy source a long time ago. The idea of a huge laser (you know how cranky the big ones are) popping away 10-20 times a second, 24 hours a day, generating "microexplosions", each equivalent to a few sticks of dynamite sounds a bit loony to me. This, mind you, is if the concept works. I am convinced that the only reason the program is still around is because the weopons designers hope to use it to test weapons FX without popping off a bomb in the desert. Used this way, breakeven is not really required, and firing once a day (or once a week, for that matter) is just fine. Touting this monstrosity as a credible energy source is a sham.

Richard Hester