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  • Cryostat base | Grand opening soon

    Picture a giant soup plate, 30 metres in diameter, slowing descending into a deep concrete cylinder. Track the near imperceptible movement of the double overhea [...]

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  • Research | ITER Scientist Fellows are at the cutting edge

    In the area of cutting-edge research—and particularly the sophisticated modelling of plasmas—the project is benefitting from the assistance of world-renowned ex [...]

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  • Image of the week | Testing the load path

    Teams are preparing now for the commissioning and dynamic load tests that will be carried out in the coming weeks on the assembly bridge cranes. The load tests, [...]

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  • In memoriam | Physicist John Wesson

    The theoretical physicist, author of a major reference book on magnetic confinement fusion in tokamaks, was known to many members of the ITER community. Some [...]

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  • CODAC | The "invisible system" that makes all things possible

    It is easy to spot all the big equipment going into ITER; what is not so visible is the underlying software that makes the equipment come alive. Local control [...]

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Countdown

From inside the Tokamak Pit, looking out past the successive levels of the ITER bioshield. (Click to view larger version...)
From inside the Tokamak Pit, looking out past the successive levels of the ITER bioshield.
Like a rocket aiming for the stars, crane C1 rises from the deep well of the Tokamak Pit.

There are many parallels to be drawn between the quest for fusion and space exploration. Both challenges are among the most ambitious mankind has ever attempted; both herald a new age in the history of civilization.

Take in this spectacular view while you can—soon, a temporary steel cap will be installed that will shut off the lowest level from the rest of the "well." This cap will protect workers below while work proceeds on the upper levels of the bioshield.

Then, once the building has risen all around and the Tokamak "Pit" is protected from the elements, this space will be progressively filled in with the components of the machine.

In late 2024, a one-year integrated commissioning period is planned to test the systems together. Countdown will then start to First Plasma, scheduled in December 2025.


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