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Submission + - Fusion Propulsion for Spacecraft Edging Closer (

imikem writes: University of Washington researchers and scientists at a Redmond-based space-propulsion company are building components of a fusion-powered rocket aimed to clear many of the hurdles that block deep space travel, including long times in transit, exorbitant costs and health risks.
"Using existing rocket fuels, it's nearly impossible for humans to explore much beyond Earth," said lead researcher John Slough, a UW research associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics. "We are hoping to give us a much more powerful source of energy in space that could eventually lead to making interplanetary travel commonplace."

Maybe this will be powered by fusing all the unsold copies of Windows 8.

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Fusion Propulsion for Spacecraft Edging Closer

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Leveraging always beats prototyping.