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This New Nuclear Battery Could Power Deep Space Missions for Decades

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Powering deep space missions is tricky, to say the least. But a new method called lattice confinement fusion could be the compact, long-lasting energy source we’ve been searching for.
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In April of 2020, NASA researchers announced they had come up with a new approach to fusion that has the potential to power missions into deep space, and maybe even future laptops here on Earth. This is really exciting news as when it comes to making energy, nuclear fusion is the ultimate goal because of the promise it holds of clean limitless energy that is available on demand.

Unlike nuclear fission, where heavy atoms are split to generate energy, fusion is accomplished by smashing lighter elements together so they combine. This new team of researchers are taking a closer look at something called lattice confinement fusion, where they use atoms of a solid piece of metal like erbium or titanium as a lattice and crammed the spaces in between with deuterium gas until the lattice started to break apart. Eventually, the whole thing was so full of deuterium one researcher described it as more like a powder than a lump of metal.

Find out more about the future of nuclear fusion and this new path being explored by a team of scientists partially from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in this Elements.

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Spacecraft of the Future Could Be Powered By Lattice Confinement Fusion

“The team believes that their method, called lattice confinement fusion, could be a potential new power source for deep space missions.”

NASA Detects Lattice Confinement Fusion

“Lawrence Forsley is a senior experimental physicist with NASA. He discusses the methods to drive and monitor condensed matter nuclear reactions in industrial, US Navy, and NASA laboratories, with an eye toward a clean, energy-rich future.”

Where do deep space probes get their power?

“Most of the world’s energy comes from burning fuels – heating materials such as coal, gas, oil – or even wood – to covert water to steam, which powers a turbine to produce electricity. For a spacecraft this isn’t so simple. It would be impossible to carry enough stored fuel to maintain power for any reasonable time over the vast distances of space travel.”


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  1. Ah D news. Imagine having that name😂 ppl who have been around will know what I’m talking about.

  2. Both Voyager spacecraft were powered by nuclear-powered 'batteries' or generators that survived about 30 years…

  3. The music is so F ing loud and annoying

  4. Nasa discovered that a method called lattice confinement fusion could be a…
    Fleischmann and Pons: excuse me?? oh I see now you think is a good idea

  5. Tritium is radioactive and has a half life of 12.3 years. If we have an issue with this stuff being dumped from the Fukushima power plant, we are not having this in consumer products.

  6. "Ooops I did it again" — Britney Spears

  7. Good vid. though antimatter is the ultimate goal for energy.

  8. people have been working on this for 90 years or more . need to spend that money on other forms of clean energy think of where we could be now if so much money and time wasnt waisted on nuclear fusion ….just my thoughts on the subject

  9. meh its just an upgrade to what is already on the voyager space probes

  10. Basically they thought up a fusion battery by the looks of it… Or the smallest fusion reactor that they could make. Interesting, and all you need is a simple little spark to get it going.

    Don't think too complex, because the answer could be simpler than you think.

  11. Seeker: This New Nuclear Battery Could Power Deep Space Missions for Decades
    Voyager 1/2 plutonium RTG sneezes

  12. The current theory is the Swiss CERN array makes fuel for Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators that previously relied on pellets of Uranium 238, the production process of which makes an abundance of highly dangerous waste .. thus the RTG's aboard the recently launched Perseverance Rover are powered by Plutonium we say was made by CERN.

  13. Okay this laptop may be releasing gamma rays but it can last for 48 hours

  14. Your Hydrogen atoms should be a plasma – the electrons shouldn't be present in the infographic

  15. One day, there will be no boundary. We might even witness a great shift in technology in the next decades.

  16. No need for this. Deep space explorations can be done by fission energy as has been done for ages with those satellites sent out to venus, jupiter, and deep space.

  17. One of the biggest issues our world would have with power supplies such as the lattice confinement fusion deployment to homes is that what most of us would leap for joy at having a way to send electrical energy to our lights, T.V.’s, laptops, heaters, etc… is an extremely easy way to build a weapon for terror. Until safeguards can built into these futuristic things, they can not be trusted in everyone’s hands.

  18. yup, sounds exactly like cold fusion from the 80ies with all the extra research from the 90ies….

  19. Bill Gates LET'S GOOOOOO💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯

  20. One of the reasons the USA is trillions of dollars in debt….
    NASA……. 👎

  21. Wow 😳 fusion what we can about fusion power…

  22. "Do you people still use fossil fuels, or have you discovered crystallic fusion?" — Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story, 1995.

    I've quoted it before, and I'll quote it again.

  23. My concern is that it is a chain reaction just like fission reaction and it can be used to make new type of atomic bombs which can be more destructive
    Oh wait that's what thermonuclear bombs are.

  24. "Even in laptops" so humanity has created a power source that is hotter than the CORE OF THE SUN in our laptops. I guess all of that fan is useless now

  25. I googled it but only saw some NASA claims at the moment. I will get more excited once I see confirmation from diverse sources. NASA is a huge organisation. It is not a monolithic thing. It no doubt publishes stuff of varying levels of rigour and speculation.

  26. اللهم العن أول ظالم ظلم حق محمد وآل محمد وغصب حقَّهم وهو الزنديق الأكبر الأحمق الأبتر، الكافر المردود، ثاني اثنين نمرود، الفاسق الفاجرالمشرك المطرود، عدوُّ الله وعدوُّ الرسول الذي أنكر حقّ البتول غاصب أرض فدك، المدفون بقعرالدرك، رأس اهل الضلالة والشقاوة، خسِر الدنيا والأخرة، الملقب بكلب وادي التهامة، المؤبَّد في عذاب يوم القيامة، قاطع حقِّ الخلافة ابو بكر بن ابي قحافة لعنة الله عليه.
    اللهم العن الشقيّ الأعظم والملحد المشرك المجتذم، رئيس اهل الظلم، عدوَّ الله وعدوَّ الوليّ، الملعون بالنّص الجليّ، غاصب حقّ ابي تراب باعث ايجاد النّار والعذاب مخرِّبَ المسجد والمحراب فرعون امّةِ شافع يوم الحساب، المحروم من الحسنات والثواب مردود الأعمال والأداب الظالم عند اولي الألباب الكافر في جميع الكتاب المعذب بجميع العِقاب المُخاطب بكلب السّقر الكذّاب الفاجر المرتد المرتاب المخلَّد في غضب الملِكِ الوهاب عمر بن الخطاب عليه اللعنة والعذاب.
    اللهم العن الأشل الأعرج الأحمق الأعوج الخليفة بغير الحق الفاسق الفاجر المنافق الكافر، اكبر وُلدِ الشيطان سارق كلام الله الملِكِ المنَّان دجّال آخر الزمان شارب الزّقوم لابس القطران اِمام اهل النيران ثالث قارون وهامان مبطل الأيات واحكام القرآن الملّقب بكلب الأوثان الواصِل الى عِقاب الرَّحمان الشيطان بن الشيطان عثمان بن عفّان عليه اللعنة والنيران.
    اللهم العن الشريرة الملعونة الطّاغية الباغية المحاربة حرب الجمل المُخلّدة في عذاب الملِكِ الأعظم الأجل، المُعذّبة في قعر الدركِ الأسفل من النار بنت شرير الأشرار وخليفة الكُفّار والفُجار الذليلة في يوم الآتية بنت ابي بكر اللعين عايشة لعنة الله عليها……

  27. Has any one here know how to get 50 per cent free electrical power from power magnets after minus the feed back loop must not use a mechanical driver input or atmos type clock

  28. Did he say gamma rays? Doesn't gamma rays exists in a natural state in space?

    So, in other words we could create fusion reactors on the moon with this technology?

    Also, last I checked we can invent gamma rays on earth, how else did they do the experiment?

    … So, in other words we can already create fusion reactors?

    … The actual funny thing is everyone who watched this video now has a rough idea on how to make their own fusion reactors at home.

    The question is, are they going to try it?

    The first to succeed will help humanity alot, and would be able to make a lot of money from the reactor… Maybe enough to become the next trillionare, or first… I don't know.

    Take as you will.

  29. This is a terrible title, we are already able to power satellites for decades using RTG's ( Radioisotope thermoelectric generator) the reason why we don't use them for vehicles is because the risk of radiation mostly.

  30. My dad works with some people that helped create this thing.

  31. Misconception… Nobody explains Quantum Tunneling role in fusion in stars

  32. Has anyone ever considered doping stacks of properly engineered photovoltaic cells with a radioactive material to produce a constant electrical output array?

  33. No wonder they haven't solved fusion. No one had noticed it's similarity to stopping your car at a stop sign.

  34. What’s the name of this host? He’s my favorite.

  35. Fun fact, Impulse engines in Star Trek are actually powered by deuterium fusion, which can reach 25% C

  36. Am I the only one who doesn't enjoy looking at most people in close up in videos ? I mean, ego of the journalist aside , what value does it bring to a video that is meant to be informative?

  37. Lattice assisted nuclear reactions = cold fusion

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