Helicity Fusion is developing fusion propulsion for space ships. They have built and are testing their first fusion gun and are testing it in the lab. They plan to have four fusion guns and a compressor by the end of the year. They will NOT reach fusion conditions for a few years. They plan to fly components in space by 2026.
The goal is to have multiple guns reach fusion conditions and have a fusion enabled system flying in space by 2032.
The systems power and performance will scale with more guns and a higher shot rate. The initial systems will have one shot every 100 seconds and then they will have higher performance with one shot every second.
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