The fusion driven rocket test chamber at the UW Plasma Dynamics Lab in Redmond
Artist's concept of a fusion-drive ship
Details of a fusion-drive ship
Steps in the FRC fusion process
FRC fusion engine
UW experimental FRC setup
Traveling through deep space is a hazardous undertaking and choosing the right engine can mean the difference between a fast, successful mission and a slow one with mounting dangers of radiation sickness, equipment failures and personal conflicts. A team of researchers from the University of Washington (UW) and Redmond, Washington-based MSNW are aiming to expand the options by developing a new fusion drive rocket engine that promises to make possible a manned spacecraft that could reach Mars and return to Earth in months rather than years.
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