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RE: RE: starship-design: Bussard design


> Not nessisarily true.    Comercial laser fusion research in the '80s
> progressed much farther in a couple years then Tocamak designs ever got, the
> government did review the bussard design and thought it far more promising
> then Toc, and Bussards company got investment for other non-Tok projects.
> The bad news is comercial investment dried up when they realized the energy
> crises wasn't there, and without it their was little market.  And the gov
> said they didn't want to fund a new concept until they made Toc work, even
> thou their current designs are considered useless even if they did work.
> (good money after bad anyone?)

All of this is true also, except that I would say that most of the other designs
died in the late 70's. I don't remember many surviving until the 80's.