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NASA funded fusion engine enables Mars travel in 30 days

A concept image of a spacecraft powered by a fusion-driven rocket. In this image, the crew would be in the forward-most chamber. Solar panels on the sides would collect energy to initiate the process that creates fusion
A concept image of a spacecraft powered by a fusion-driven rocket. In this image, the crew would be in the forward-most chamber. Solar panels on the sides would collect energy to initiate the process that creates fusion
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Mars (2)NASA is funding the development of a revolutionary fusion engine using Hydrogen isotopes that will cut travel time to Mars to 30 days. The Fusion Driven Rocket is being designed by a consortium comprising the University of Washington and a Redmond-based space propulsion company. The consortium won a second stage of funding from NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program for its revolutionary design using computer modeling and is now building a fully operational scale version for testing. It is expected that the Fusion Driven Rocket could be ready for use by 2020 given present funding by NASA, but could come into operation much earlier with increased funding. If NASA doesn’t come up with the additional funds, then space pioneers like Elon Musk may come up with the cash to dramatically accelerate their own plans for private space flights to Mars.

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