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2012-08-21 00:53:40

Researchers at a recent worldwide conference on fusion power have confirmed the surprising accuracy of a new model for predicting the size of a key barrier to fusion that a top scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy´s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has developed. The model could serve as a starting point for overcoming the barrier. “This allows you to depict the size of the challenge so you can think through what needs to be done to overcome it,” said...

NASA Completes Publication Of Boris Chertok's Rockets And People Memoir Series
2012-02-16 04:44:06

NASA's History Program Office has released the fourth volume of the English translation of Russian space pioneer Boris Chertok's highly acclaimed memoirs, Rockets and People: The Moon Race. Much has been written in the West on the history of the Soviet space program but few Westerners have read direct first-hand accounts of the men and women who were behind the many Russian accomplishments in exploring space. The memoirs of academician Chertok, who worked under the legendary Sergey...

The New Moon Race
2012-02-13 06:02:57

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union changed the night sky, and struck a chord in the competitive hearts of Americans as they launched Sputnik 1 into space. The satellite launch became a monumental moment for the history of space exploration, but at the time was seen almost as a threat by the American people during a time the Soviet Union and U.S. were in the midst of the Cold War. That ambition to explore and create may have been mostly driven by rivalry...

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2011-12-30 10:53:20

China has unveiled its plans for the country's space program for the next five years, including detailed plans about space labs and manned ships. According to the statement, China will launch space laboratories, manned spaceship and ship freighters by the end of 2016. The document also said that it will be making technological preparations for the construction of space stations as well. China's space program has already made major strides in exploration, but still lags behind both...

2011-11-11 16:47:19

News from the 53rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics Recent experiments carried out at the DIII-D tokamak in San Diego have allowed scientists to observe how fusion plasmas spontaneously turn off the plasma turbulence responsible for most of the heat loss in plasmas confined by toroidal magnetic fields. Using a new microwave instrument based on the same principles as police radar guns, researchers from UCLA observed the complex interplay between plasma turbulence and...

2011-11-11 16:42:28

News from the 53rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics A key challenge in producing fusion energy is confining the plasma long enough for the ionized hydrogen to fuse and produce net power. Suppressing plasma turbulence is one approach to this, but the resulting increase in energy confinement is usually accompanied by undesirable increases in particle and impurity confinement, which can lead to plasma contamination and ash accumulation–and reduced power. At MIT's...

2011-11-11 01:51:31

News from the 53rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics A fusion reactor operates best when the hot plasma inside it consists only of fusion fuel (hydrogen's heavy isotopes, deuterium and tritium), much as a car runs best with a clean engine. But fusion fuel reactions at the heart of magnetic fusion reactors also create leftovers–helium "ash." The buildup of this helium ash and other impurities can cool the hot plasma and reduce fusion power. Research at the MIT...

2011-11-11 01:49:29

News from the 53rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics A major upgrade to the DIII-D tokamak fusion reactor operated by General Atomics in San Diego will enable it to develop fusion plasmas that can burn indefinitely. Researchers installed a movable, 30-ton particle-beam heating system that drives electric current over a broad cross section of the magnetically confined plasma inside the reactor's vacuum vessel. Precise aiming of this beamline allows scientists to vary the...


Latest Science and technology in the Soviet Union Reference Libraries

Automation and Remote Control
2012-05-08 14:57:48

Automation and Remote Control is a Russian periodical published by MAIK Nauka/Interperiodica Press. It is distributed in English exclusively by Springer Science. It has been online since August 2004. The journal was founded in April 1936 by the USSR Academy of Sciences Department of Engineering, Mechanics and Control Processes Problems, along with the Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences of USSR Academy of Sciences and Institute of Information Transmission Problems of USSR Academy of...

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