Boeing patents laser-powered fusion-fission jet engine (that’s truly impossible)

ARS Technica Sebastian Anthony (UK) – Jul 12, 2015 Lasers fuse hydrogen, causing uranium to fission, which generates electricity. Zzzap! The pellet/hohlraum is imploded by lasers, causing the hydrogen isotopes to fuse. Hot gasses rush out the back of the engine, creating thrust. The uranium-238 coating is bombarded with neutrons from the fusion reaction, starting … Read more

Boeing Patents Laser Triggered Nuclear Fusion Powered Jet Engine

Techworm BY MAYA KAMATH ON JULY 15, 2015 Patent awarded to Boeing for laser-triggered nuclear fusion powered jet engine, but will Boeing build one? Boeing’s Robert Budica, James Herzberg, and Frank Chandler applied for a patent for building a laser and nuclear driven airplane engine which got its approval last week from the US Patent … Read more

Boeing Rocket Engine Patent: United States Patent 9,068,562

United States Patent 9,068,562 Budica , et al. June 30, 2015 Laser-powered propulsion system Abstract A propulsion apparatus includes a propellant, at least one laser, and a thrust member. The propellant includes a solid surface having a hollow core disposed within the solid surface and a thrust-producing medium disposed within the hollow core. The at … Read more

Boeing just patented a jet engine powered by lasers and nuclear explosions BENJAMIN ZHANG, July 7, 2015 Last week, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application from Boeing’s Robert Budica, James Herzberg, and Frank Chandler for a laser- and nuclear-driven airplane engine. With airplane makers constantly on the lookout for new and more efficient ways to power their products, this laser engine is the … Read more

Boeing Patents Laser Nuclear Fusion Jet Engine

IEEE Spectrum Evan Ackerman, 10 Jul 2015 Image: United States Patent and Trademark Office This is one of those patents that absolutely in no way signifies that the company who files it is working on the thing that the patent is patenting. Because we can assure you, Boeing is not* actively developing a laser-triggered fusion … Read more

Kip Siegel

Inspired by Dr. Teller’s work, and his prophetic warning to keep people informed, a Michigan physics professor named Dr. Keeve (Kip) Siegel formed the first and only private-sector company to pursue controlled fusion research using lasers. In the early 1970s, he formed KMS Industries, with the goal of successfully achieving laser inertial fusion energy. With … Read more

KMS Fusion – an addendum

LastTechAge 2015/02/15 KMS Fusion, an early ICF group mostly remembered for its mashup of good science and bad politics. This is our historical addendum. An excellent article on the beginning of ICF (inertial confinement fusion) was posted on January 28th by ScienceLine’s Chelsey Coombes. This is a summary of Alex Wellerstein‘s presentation at the October … Read more