Having read some more about this, what Lockheed seems to have made is a better magnetic field that may solve one of the stickiest problems in making a fusion reaction. That's not the same as having developed a prototype working fusion reactor.
Fusion means limitless energy as far as fuel is concerned. There's so much hydrogen in the world we'll never run out of it. And it's very very cheap. But we don't know yet how expensive a fusion reactor will be to operate. Just the same, this is interesting news and may rank up there with the development of other revolutionary technologies like the transistor, the microchip, or the cellular network.
What one must keep in mind is that thousands of people and billions of dollars have been applied to fusion research for decades, without as yet significant results. If cell phones had developed at the same pace, then for a few millions of dollars you could today make a call lasting a tiny fraction of a second from a unit as big as a mobile home.
In contrast it took less then 30 years from the first laboratory-observed uranium fission to working fission reactors.
But then fission is absurdly simple, the problem being how to contain the reaction so it won't produce too much energy. In fusion the problem is producing any energy at all.
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