HAL5 December public talk will be on "Progress on deuterium fusion experiments at UAH: the making of the first real impulse engine" with Dr. Jason Cassibry, UAH. In this talk, Dr. Cassibry will summarize the current state of the Charger-1 fusion propulsion research facility, experimental plans, and mission analysis from Mars to beyond the Oort cloud.

In the short term, the team have made great progress on completing the Charger 1 machine to bring it to initial operating capability, including reaching milestones on the oil system, water deionization system, magnetically insulated transmission line system. Experiments to be performed beginning next year include dummy resistor loads, single wires of lithium and lithium deuteride, and possibly fission/fusion hybrid targets. 3D simulations will be shown of the nozzle, with animations of the gas from a fusion target expanding and being expelled to provide thrust. Finally, mission analysis will show trip times and vehicle technologies needed to reach any of the outer planets, some dwarf planets, the Oort cloud, and nearest star systems within 12 parsecs of Earth.

The event will take place on Thursday, December 1, at 7 pm at the Huntsville-Madison County Main Library Main Auditorium. A social will follow the meeting.