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Building an open source Bussard fusion reactor, aka the Polywell.
Building an open source Bussard fusion reactor, aka the Polywell.
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79 backers pledged $3,785 to help bring this project to life.

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Project Update

Hello backers!

Recent progress:

Added a new photo stream. As soon as I take a picture it's live on the photo stream:

http://picasaweb.google.com/102602129941374127392

We have labview up and running. Big step forward for actual research:
http://prometheusfusionperfection.com/2010/04/25/labview-2/

We have performed a full functional test of the the coil power supply:
http://prometheusfusionperfection.com/2010/05/08/coil-power-supply-10-cap-test/

The electron gun is operational:
http://prometheusfusionperfection.com/2010/03/27/electron-gun-2/

And the coils are complete:
http://prometheusfusionperfection.com/2010/02/25/coils-formed/

Next step is to buy the hardware for the langmuir probe.

One problem we've encountered is voltage spikes from the sparking plasma blowing out our data acquisition hardware. I now have protection diodes on hand to suppress transient voltages:
http://prometheusfusionperfection.com/2010/05/04/transient-voltage-suppression/

Rewards: Some of you have received rewards and some have not. I'm working through the list. All rewards will be sent. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.

Moving forward slow but steady.

-famulus

Rewards

I will start mailing out rewards today. I will contact you each individually as I send them (or don't send them if you did not provide an address).

Thank you for your patience.

In other news we got a copy of LabView:

http://prometheusfusionperfection.com/2010/04/08/labview/

Here are some photos of the rewards in progress:

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Electron Gun

Got the electron gun running today.
A bunch of other updates today at http://prometheusfusionperfection.com

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The Beginning

I expect the kickstarter funds to become available in the next week. Then the real fun begins.

I'll post major milestones on this kickerstarter page, daily progress can be tracked at the blog:

http://prometheusfusionperfection.com/

And updates by the minute at:

http://twitter.com/famulusfusion

I'll be sending out rewards over the next two weeks.

SUCCESS!!!!

Looks like we have done it! 100% funded!!!!!