A Buckinghamshire town will momentarily become hotter than the sun in just four years, thanks to a nuclear fusion rocket breakthrough from a Brit company.
An eight-metre fusion chamber is being assembled in Bletchley, England, and when fired in 2027, will temporarily become the hottest place in the solar system — creating exhaust speeds of over 500,000 MPH with the help of Artificial Intelligence.
Created by UK aerospace company Pulsar Fusion, it is hoped it will reach several hundred million degrees when the final plasma shot is fired in the chamber, creating temperatures hotter than the sun.
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Dr James Lambert, CFO of Pulsar Fusion said: “The difficulty is learning how to hold and confine the super-hot plasma within an electromagnetic field.
“The plasma behaves like a weather system in terms of being incredibly hard to predict using conventional techniques.
“Scientists have not been able to control the turbulent plasma as it is heated to hundreds of millions of degrees and the reaction simply stops."
Pulsar have teamed up with Princeton Satellite Systems to take the data from the World record holding PFRC-2 reactor, feed it into supercomputer simulations (AI) to better predict how super-hot plasma behaves under electromagnetic confinement and thus, guide and improve the design of the rocket engine prototype.
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Pulsar’s CEO Richard Dinan said: "If the Pulsar rocket test can achieve fusion temperatures at its demonstration to Aerospace partners in 2027, then the technology has the potential to half mission times to Mars, reduce flight time to Saturn from eight years to two and ultimately empower humanity to leave our solar system."
Dinan added that they will begin early firings in 2025, then "we will be able to know if we are on the right track."
He added furthermore: "Pulsar would then need to conduct a test firing in orbit. To the fusion community, AI truly does have the potential to allow us to achieve engines capable of interstellar space travel."
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