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FIA Proposes Funding Fusion for Space Propulsion

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

The Fusion Industry Association is recommending a $40 million fusion propulsion funding program, styled similarly to ARPA-E and DARPA, in order to put the United States in the optimal position to win the “Deep Space Race.”

While the United States is the current leader in space exploration, the gap is closing, and countries like China and Russia are challenging the U.S., each trying to be the first country to colonize Mars and spread their reach throughout the solar system.

Unlike chemical propulsion, fusion technology will be able to bring heavy loads, like humans, to Mars and back home rapidly. In fact, “Fusion propulsion is up to 100 times more fuel-efficient than chemical propulsion, while still maintaining large thrusts—making it the best option for transporting large payloads to distant destinations.”

Not only has fusion technology advanced significantly over the years, but several companies, members of the Fusion Industry Association, have already begun development on fusion propulsion systems. Unfortunately, other countries have also taken note on the effective nature of fusion, investing in nuclear technologies to further advance in their efforts to be the first to truly explore the solar system.

In order to persist as the leading global power in space, it is time for the United States to recognize that compact fusion energy will enable leadership in the "Deep Space Race." The U.S. is obligated to directly fund fusion technology programs for $40 million, about 1/20 the cost of a Mars rover, to transform the current methods of exploration and unlock substantial economic progress for the United States.

The official paper is embedded below and is available for download.

Read More:

New Space Age Hampered by Old Technology (Baltimore Sun)

China and Russia Are Teaming Up in the New Space Race (Bloomberg)

Space Mining Could Become a Real Thing — and It Could Be Worth Trillions (CNBC)

The Direct Fusion Drive That Could Get Us to Saturn in Just 2 Years (Popular Mechanics)

Scientist Develops New Fusion Rocket that Could Take Humans to Mars in Short Time (IBT)

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