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Skunk Works: Compact Fusion

March 16, 2015

Lockheed Martin’s R&D department, Skunk Works, has announced that they can almost certainly make it to a prototype for Compact Fusion within 5 years.  This is not some inventor in a garage or out in a field trying to sell moonshine to fuel our cars.  Skunk Works has a reputation of not even talking about their shit until they know they can back it up!

  1. Average permalink*
    March 16, 2015 12:55 pm

    Mike, thanks for the link, fascinating read.

  2. March 16, 2015 2:05 pm

    So OT it hurts:

    Cards Against Humanity is now available to play online in browser, with ALL 5 expansions for the fair price of “FREE”. It apparently works from any smartphone/tablet browser, so the Xbox browser may work.

    It appears anyone can play together/host. This is not a game for the easily offended and insulted. But has potential to be lots of fun in party chat.

    Very interesting share Suns!


  3. Herandar permalink
    March 18, 2015 9:18 am

    I’m a bit confused by the reason for the creation of this video. Is it a pitch for ridiculously wealthy venture capitalists? Or is it nerd bait to get people interested in plasma physics to apply for a job?

    Even if it has very positive humanitarian applications, I’m not sure defense contractors should be advertising future tech they are planning for warplanes.

    • March 18, 2015 6:28 pm

      Good question!

    • Blankman permalink*
      March 25, 2015 11:33 pm

      I thought along those same lines as well after watching the vid. It’s like are they chest pounding, seeking venture capital, or just doing show & tell? Any of those things don’t necessarily spell security for this kind of technology.

    • March 27, 2015 6:51 am

      I think actually, they are just chest pounding. Their intent is to market the technology world wide. They are creating it to integrate with current systems just substituting their reactor for the gas heated boilers. The thing is, the only way this technology can be used as a “weapon” is through withholding it. It neither uses nor produces harmful bi-products so the only way it could do harm is by not being shared with those who need it. I don’t put that kind of greed past any would-be One Ring bearer, but I think the only need for security is to protect its continued development (as opposed to its release into “enemy hands”).

  4. Herandar permalink
    March 27, 2015 8:01 am

    “…has potential for success…” “We think we can get to a prototype in five years.” “…high risk, high payoff endeavor…” C’mon, you don’t pound your chest before you do something amazeballs. You don’t teabag before you start shooting at someone in MPvs, unless you’re a complete douche. I have a personal theory for a perpetual motion device using magnets and gravity, but I’m not making videos about it (also because I don’t think it will work until I can get friction-less materials, and it’s a thought experiment and not a tangible device.)

    I think it’s a subtle recruitment video for recent plasma physics graduates interested in a high risk/high payoff endeavor for a company they might not have considered before.

    • March 27, 2015 7:02 pm

      Well, time will tell. If they are bullshitting like Sony, then by the time they can be caught in their lies, no one will care/remember. On the other hand, I want this to happen and I don’t care who invents it, pays for it, or whether or not they are arrogant or humble.

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