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James R. Powell
is an American physicist notable — together with Dr. Gordon Danby
Gordon T. Danby is an American physicist notable for his work on superconducting Maglev, for which he shared the Franklin Institute 'Medal 2000 for Engineering'.-References:...
— for his work on superconducting Maglev, for which he shared the Franklin Institute "Medal 2000 for Engineering"
The Benjamin Franklin Medal is a science and engineering award presented by the Franklin Institute, of Philadelphia, PA, USA.-Laureates:*1998 - Emmanuel Desurvire *1998 - Robert B. Laughlin *1998 - David N. Payne...
He also has worked on pebble-bed
The pebble bed reactor is a graphite-moderated, gas-cooled, nuclear reactor. It is a type of very high temperature reactor , one of the six classes of nuclear reactors in the Generation IV initiative...
A nuclear reactor is a device to initiate and control a sustained nuclear chain reaction. Most commonly they are used for generating electricity and for the propulsion of ships. Usually heat from nuclear fission is passed to a working fluid , which runs through turbines that power either ship's...
. He is a lead developer of the StarTram
StarTram is a proposal for a maglev space launch system. The initial Generation 1 facility would be cargo only, launching from a mountain peak at 3 km to 7 km altitude with an evacuated tube staying at local surface level, raising ≈150,000 tons to orbit annually...