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A prototype electric pulsed plasma jet thruster for reliable, high performance, low cost interplanetary space transportation
A prototype electric pulsed plasma jet thruster for reliable, high performance, low cost interplanetary space transportation
1,101 backers pledged $72,871 to help bring this project to life.

Announcing HyperJet Fusion Corporation


Hi folks I wanted to provide you with a detailed update on our company HyperV Technologies Corp. and its future. HyperJet Fusion Corporation was established in May of 2017, and is in the process of merging with HyperV Technologies Corp. of Chantilly, Virginia U.S.A. The primary technical goal of HyperJet Fusion Corporation is the rapid development of a safe, clean and economical approach to utility scale fusion energy. If fusion energy can be developed in a timely manner, it can be a major clean energy solution to the urgent environmental and resource scarcity problems of our time. Fusion is the ultimate form of green baseload power that uses a fuel with near-zero cost (deuterium from sea water and lithium, a common mineral) and minimal environmental impact. Unlike nuclear fission, fusion fuel has easily manageable short lived low level radioactivity with no weapon proliferation concerns.  

You may be aware that a number of fusion energy concepts and approaches are being pursued, and that research conducted in the private sector is increasing. Humans may eventually find a number of ways to make fusion work for energy. However, the team which also possesses a fusion approach that (1) has a low-cost driver, and (2) lends itself to rapid learning, will be the team most likely to achieve fusion first and gain the critical first-mover advantage. The fusion approach that HyperJet Fusion is developing has been known as Plasma-Jet driven Magneto-Inertial Fusion (PJMIF). Since hypersonic jets play a key role in the fusion scheme, we are renaming the fusion approach hyperjet fusion, hence the name of our company. 

At the core of the hyperjet fusion approach is a plasma liner that implodes and ignites a magnetized target plasma. The plasma liner is formed by the merging of a spherical array of plasma jets. There are potentially several ways of launching these plasma jets. Presently, we are using coaxial plasma guns with contoured shaped electrodes. Unlike lasers, coaxial plasma guns do not require expensive complex optics or ultra-fast pulsed power technology. The hyperjet fusion open geometry and moderate reactor size allow for convenient and relatively low-cost diagnostic access. In contrast to other magneto-inertial fusion approaches, the driver is located with sufficient standoff distance from the pulsed fusion explosion and thus avoids any hardware destruction. These features allow hyperjet fusion experiments to be conducted at low cost with high shot rates, enabling rapid resolution of technical issues (rapid learning) and thus rapid R&D development. The ability to use highly repetitive rates (~1 Hz) in the eventual power reactor will lead to high utilization factor of the reactor and thus low capital cost of the power plant. 

The President and CEO of HyperJet Fusion is Dr. Y. C. Francis Thio who is the inventor of both hyperjet fusion and the contour-gap coaxial plasma gun that is used as the reactor plasma driver. HyperJet Fusion Corporation continues to build on the pioneering development conducted at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and HyperV Technologies Corp. HyperJet Fusion has inherited all the facilities, equipment and personnel developed by HyperV Technologies for PJMIF. Additionally, the founder and President of HyperV Technologies Corp. Dr. F. Douglas Witherspoon, is now the Vice President and COO of HyperJet Fusion. 

In addition to plasma guns providing spacecraft electric propulsion, which was studied under this Kickstarter project with your generous support, an advanced modified Hyperjet fusion reactor also has potential to provide a large crewed spacecraft with tremendous amounts of both electrical power and propulsion. In fact the energy density of the deuterium and tritium fusion fuel is sufficiently high and the possibility of very high specific jet power enabled by direct conversion of fusion energy into thrust to theoretically support hyperjet fusion interplanetary space missions.

We will be certain to keep all of you updated as things progress with our new endeavor.


Chris Faranetta

Plasma Liner Experiment Update





Here is a brief update with photos of the Plasma Liner Experiment (PLX) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Our entire team (HyperV and LANL) has been working very hard fabricating, assembling and installing HyperV's Alpha class coaxial plasma guns on PLX. To date, the first three plasma guns (of a planned 60) have been installed on the experiment and we are pleased to report that shakedown testing has begun with successful simultaneous firing of all three guns. An additional four guns will be installed in the near future.

Each Alpha gun assembly weighs approximately 400 lbs/181.4 kg, which includes an integrated capacitor Pulse Forming Network (PFN) and high voltage sparkgap switching. The PFN can produce a current pulse of up to 0.9 mega amps (MA), which is used to accelerate plasma in the gun to over 50 kilometers per second.

The guns are carefully maneuvered into position and mounted on PLX using an overhead crane.

We look forward to giving you further updates on our fusion energy and spacecraft propulsion research and development efforts.

A presentation on the Plasma Liner Experiment can be found here:


The HyperV Team

HyperV Technologies Corp. Selected for Negotiations for NASA SBIR Phase 1 Project


In plain English we will be able to make high speed x-ray movies of what is going on inside and outside a rocket engine while it is running. This technology was made possible by your support of our Kickstarter project.

HyperV Technologies Corp. has been selected by NASA to negotiate a contract for a Phase 1 SBIR project. The purpose of the project is to develop and construct a long-record-length, fiber-coupled, fast imaging diagnostic device to record X-ray back-lit material flows and X-ray emission events in rocket engine exhaust plumes. X-ray imaging is invaluable for studying the dynamics of extreme exhaust flow events which can be back-lit by X-rays or which produce X-ray emissions. Imaging of material flows in detonation fronts and during combustion has many important aerospace and industrial  applications.

During this Phase 1 SBIR, HyperV Technology Corp. will partner with the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) Propulsion Research Center (PRC) which has a particular interest in this technology given that X-rays are immune to smoke and fire and can image through protective housings and casings. The HyperV X-ray diagnostic capability allows non-invasive imaging of rocket propellant and exhaust plumes inside the rocket-motor while it is being tested. High time resolution imaging of these X-ray emission or X-ray back-lit events over long record lengths can provide critical insight into the dynamics at work inside the extreme environment of a functioning rocket motor. For events which are not necessarily repeatable from shot to shot, or dynamic events in devices which are too large to accumulate event evolution over many shots, the development of a deep record length imaging system for X-ray collection would provide a huge advantage over existing single shot and burst shot imaging systems.

About HyperV Technologies Corp:

HyperV Technologies Corp. is a privately held Chantilly, Virginia based research and development company incorporated in 2004. HyperV is an industry leader in the development of high velocity, high density plasma gun technology for use in fusion energy development, high energy density physics research, spacecraft propulsion and industrial applications. For more information on HyperV Technologies Corp. please visit us on the web at or via social media at Facebook: Twitter: or contact: Chris Faranetta at 1(703) 378-4882.

Update on HyperV Technologies Corp. Plasma Gun Research & Development


Hello Folks,

We wanted to give you an important update on HyperV Technologies Corp. and our efforts in developing high-performance plasma guns for fusion energy. HyperV along with our major partner Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) were selected for award negotiations by the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy to study the feasibility of forming a spherically imploding plasma liner and its viability as a driver for eventually compressing a magnetized target plasma to fusion conditions. The effort is part of ARPA-E's Accelerating Low-Cost Plasma Heating and Assembly (ALPHA) program:

HyperV Technologies Corp. will build an array of advanced plasma guns and pulsed-power supplies that will be mounted on LANL's Plasma Liner Experiment (PLX):  in New Mexico, USA. The ultimate goal of the PLX ALPHA research effort will be to demonstrate the viability of a spherically imploding plasma liner as a driver for the Plasma-Jet-Driven Magneto-Inertial Fusion (PJMIF) concept: 

This new PLX fusion research project will not only strengthen our in-house technical expertise and engineering capabilities, but will also potentially help to open a new approach to propulsion that promises higher performance and efficiency. A conceptual configuration of PJMIF has been explored in the literature as an alternative candidate for producing power and propulsion aboard an interstellar spacecraft [5]. We also note that some of the technical solutions developed for the ALPHA program could also play an enabling role in developing a non-fusion next generation Electric Pulsed Plasma Propulsion (E3P-1) for spacecraft.

Thank you again for your support of this important research!


The HyperV Technologies Team

1. ARPA-E ALPHA announcement: 

2. HyperV contribution to PLX:

3. Paper describing the Plasma Liner Experiment:

4. Presentation on PJMIF:

5. “Project Icarus: Analysis of Plasma jet driven Magneto-Inertial Fusion as potential primary propulsion driver for the Icarus probe”: the paper is available directly from Acta Astronautica at, but may also be possible to find elsewhere on the web by searching for Project Icarus.

Slingatron: Building a Railroad To Space - has gone Live !!!!

To all of our incredible backers,

We are proud to announce that our new Kickstarter project, "SLINGATRON: Building a Railroad to Space", has just gone live on the Kickstarter site!!

We hope you will find this project to be as exciting as we do!


Doug Witherspoon & Chris Faranetta