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UK clean space propulsion systems and services company Pulsar Fusion has formed a partnership with USA-based Princeton Satellite Systems to use artificial intelligence (AI) to design a hyper-fast space rocket capable of reaching Mars in only 30 days.

Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2023
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After successful recommissioning in autumn 2022, the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator fusion device at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) has achieved some significant breakthroughs. In 2023, an energy turnover of 1 gigajoule was targeted, but researchers have now achieved 1.3 gigajoules. Moreover, a new record for discharge time was achieved, with the hot plasma maintained for eight minutes.

Date: Wednesday, 01 March 2023
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“When building a machine as large and as complex as ITER, difficulties and setbacks do not come as surprises - they are an integral part of manufacturing, assembling and installing first-of-a-kind components,” the ITER Organisation said recently.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
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The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project has announced defects have been discovered in the thermal shields and vacuum vessel sectors and warned that the consequences on schedule and cost "will not be insignificant".

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
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Canada’s General Fusion and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) have initiated projects to advance the commercialisation of magnetised target fusion energy as part of an important collaborative agreement. With these unique projects, General Fusion said it will benefit from the vast experience of the UKAEA’s team. The results will hone the design of General Fusion’s demonstration machine being built at the Culham Campus in Oxford. Ultimately, the company expects the projects will support its efforts to provide low-cost and low-carbon energy to the electricity grid.

Date: Friday, 21 October 2022
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Using Electron Beam Welding (EBW), the company weld-joined two 200mm-thick, 3-metre diameter vessel sections in UK small modular reactor nuclear grade steel, describing it as a breakthrough in the industrialisation of EBW for thick-section materials.

Date: Thursday, 31 March 2022
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Toshiba Corporation has been commissioned by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to manufacture four toroidal field coils for the ITER fusion reactor, under construction in Cadarache, France. In other ITER news, Europe has completed manufacture of a semi-prototype of the Blanket First Wall (left).

Date: Tuesday, 20 May 2014
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The European consortium of AMW (Ansaldo Nucleare S.p.A, Mangiarotti S.p.A and Walter Tosto S.p.A) has won a EUR 300 million contract for the supply of seven sectors of the ITER vacuum vessel.
Exploded ITER vacuum vessel segment

Date: Thursday, 21 October 2010
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UK companies have formed a consortium to bid for construction of the main reactor vacuum vessel of the Euro 5 Bn ITER (International Tokamak Experimental Reactor) nuclear fusion reactor being built in Cadarache, France. The consortium, led by Davy Markham, a specialist in fabrication and machining of large structures, and precision fabricator Metalcraft, and the engineering consultancy AMEC. The Welding Institute has offered to provide specialist support that will be needed during the construction of the Vacuum Vessel segments.

Date: Friday, 27 March 2009
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