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LOCKHEED: We Made A Large Break-through In Nuclear Fusion

Lockheed Martin Corp, few months ago, said that it has complete a technological breakthrough in developing a control source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small sufficient to fit on the back of a truck, could be prepared for use in a decade. Tom McGuire, who heads the plan, said he and a small team had been operational on fusion energy at Lockheed's secretive Skunk Works for about four years, but were at the present going public to find potential partners in industry and management for their work. Initial work demonstrated the viability of building a 100-megawatt reactor measuring seven feet by 10 feet, which could fit on the back of a great truck, and is about 10 times smaller than present reactors, McGuire told journalists. In a statement, the company, the Pentagon's major supplier, said it would build and test a dense fusion reactor in less than a year, and build a prototype in five years. In recent years, Lockheed has gotten increasingly involved in a variety of alternate energy projects, counting several ocean energy projects, as it looks to offset a decline in U.S. and European military spending. Lockheed's work on fusion power could help in developing new power sources amid growing global conflicts over energy, and as projections show there will be a 40 percent to 50 percent increase in energy use over the next generation, McGuire said.
LOCKHEED: We Made A Large Break-through In Nuclear Fusion
 If it proves feasible, Lockheed's work would mark a key breakthrough in a field that scientists have long eyed as talented, but which has not yet yielded viable control systems. The effort seeks to harness the energy free during nuclear fusion, when atoms combine into more stable forms. "We can create a big difference on the energy front," McGuire said, note Lockheed's 60 years of investigate on nuclear fusion as a potential power source that is safer and more efficient than present reactors based on nuclear fission. Lockheed sees the project as fraction of a complete approach to solving global energy and climate change problems. Compact nuclear fusion would produce far less waste than coal-powered plants since it would use deuterium-tritium fuel, which can make nearly 10 million times more energy than the same amount of fossil fuels, the company said. Ultra-dense deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen, is establish in the earth's oceans, and tritium is made from natural lithium deposits. It said future reactors could use a different fuel and eliminate radioactive waste totally. McGuire said the company had several patents waiting for the work and was looking for partners in academia, industry and in the middle of government laboratories to advance the work.
Lockheed said it had shown it could total a design, build and test it in as little as a year, which should produce a ready reactor in 10 years, McGuire said. A small reactor could power a U.S. Navy warship, and eliminate the require for other fuel sources that pose logistical challenges.U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers run on nuclear power, but they have large fission reactors on board that have to be replaced on a regular cycle."What makes our project actually interesting and feasible is that timeline as a potential solution," McGuire said.Lockheed shares fell 0.6 percent to $175.02 amid a wide market selloff.

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