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  • Cryostat base insertion | "A moment that will live in our memories"

    In the closing scene of the 1977 movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, an alien spaceship hovers above an anxious and awestruck crowd of scientists and engi [...]

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  • Cryolines | Another day, another spool

    Having wedged his body and equipment into the cramped space between the ceiling and the massive pipe, a worker is busy welding two cryolines spools. A few metre [...]

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  • Image of the week | Bearings unveiled

    The construction teams are in the last stages of preparing the Tokamak pit for the first major operation of ITER machine assembly: the lowering of the cryostat [...]

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  • Technology | Perfecting tritium breeding for DEMO and beyond

    While ITER will never breed tritium for its own consumption, it will test breeding blanket concepts—the tools and techniques that designers of future DEMO react [...]

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  • Fusion world | Japan and Europe complete the assembly of JT-60SA

    The JT-60SA fusion experiment in Naka, Japan, is designed to explore advanced plasma physics in support of the operation of ITER and next-phase devices. After s [...]

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Image of the week

The VIP door

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Although adjacent and complementary to each other, the Tokamak Building and the Assembly Hall feel like two separate worlds: one is a labyrinth of hard concrete and raw steel, the other a vast open volume, home to shining new handling machines.

Facing opposite directions, their respective entrances are hundreds of metres apart and passing from one to the other requires a long detour through the main thoroughfares of the ITER construction site. Or rather, required...

A few weeks ago, a door was opened up in the temporary facade that separates the two buildings. The first person to pass through it was the Princess of Thailand when she visited ITER at the end of last year.

For the moment, the door's main purpose is to facilitate VIP visits; soon it will be enlarged and connected to a corridor that will allow assembly workers to commute between the Assembly Hall and the Tokamak Pit.


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