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Briefing December 2014 Issue

Briefing: December 2014

Lockheed Pursues Fusion Power For Airplanes

Lockheed Martin is developing a compact fusion reactor that the company said could be used in aircraft as soon as 2024. “Our compact fusion concept combines several alternative magnetic confinement approaches, taking the best parts of each, and offers a 90-percent size reduction over previous concepts,” said Tom McGuire, compact fusion lead for the Skunk Works’ Revolutionary Technology Programs, in October. “The smaller size will allow us to design, build and test the CFR [compact fusion reactor] in less than a year.” The first prototype should fit on the back of a truck and power an airplane like the C-5 cargo carrier for up to a year, the company said, providing virtually “unlimited range [and] unlimited endurance.”

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