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Space Fission Power Post #11:Update -- Some Progress and Lessons Learned

17 Nov 2014, 03:19 UTC
Space Fission Power Post #11:Update -- Some Progress and Lessons Learned
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So, this “blog” has turned out to be mostly an archive – that’s really the intent, but I’ve just noticed that it gets no love from the Google search algorithms, probably because there’s nothing new ever said. Actually, there have been more recent hits from China and India than the US. I’d hope that the US would lead the charge to becoming a space faring civilization (less and less likely to be the government, while there’s increasing hope in entrepreneurism), but if other countries are interested that’s great. Overall, nothing in the message has changed significantly; I would write some things a little differently today, but maybe it gives the message more integrity if I leave it as written 2.5 years ago (i.e. I am not spinning for today’s prospective audience – actually most of the key references are 5 to 10 years old).When I wrote this blog (I’m sticking to my guns on that term), I was at a crossroads of whether to stay at LANL or go somewhere where I might have a better chance of getting fission power established in space. I had signed the paperwork to accept a severance package, but my Division Leader came by ...

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