A Way to Get More Energy
What is Fission?
"The fundamental point in fabricating a chain reacting machine is of course to see to it that each fission produces a certain number of neutrons and some of these neutrons will again produce fission."
"Nearly all of our existing power sources are generators which use a heat cycle. This includes our coal, oil and gas fired utilities, our automobile, trucks, and trains and even our nuclear fission utility power plants."
The experimental apparatus with which Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann discovered nuclear fission in 1938
A Little Bit of History
Rocket scientists agree that we have about reached the limit of our ability to travel in space using chemical rockets. To achieve anything near the speed of light we will need a new energy source and a new propellant. Nuclear fission is not an option. - Wilson Greatbatch
How it Works
Critical fission reactors are the most common type of nuclear reactor. In a critical fission reactor, neutrons produced by fission of fuel atoms are used to induce yet more fission's, to sustain a controllable amount of energy release. Devices that produce engineered but non-self-sustaining fission reactions are sub critical fission reactors.. Such devices use radioactive decay or particle accelerator to trigger fission's.Critical fission reactors are built for three primary purposes, which typically involve different engineering trade-offs to take advantage of either the heat or the neutrons produced by the fission chain reaction.
Where its found today? One class of nuclear weapon, a fission bomb, otherwise known as an atomic bomb or atom bomb, is a fission reactor designed to liberate as much energy as possible as rapidly as possible, before the released energy causes the reactor to explode