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Submission + - Fusion-powered rocket for manned Mars mission 1

gkndivebum writes: Principal investigator John Slough from the University of Washington has secured second round funding from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program to expand on their work using magnetic fields to implode metal rings over a magnetically-confined plasma, compressing it to a fusion state. The superheated and ionized metal from the implosion would be used as a propellant via a rocket nozzle. Their proposal is discussed here (PDF).
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Fusion-powered rocket for manned Mars mission

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  • ...does it blend?

    also, what warp speed does it reach and how much holodeck time will we have allocated each week?

They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.