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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