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Paper: The ITER Pathway: Useful Lessons for Exoplanet Projects?
Volume: 430, Pathways Towards Habitable Planets
Page: 336
Authors: Jacquinot, J.
Abstract: ITER, “the way,” in Latin, is an international organisation aimed at the demonstration of fusion energy for peaceful purposes. It has the overall responsibility for constructing in 10 years, and then operating for 20 years, a very large scientific device based on the Tokamak principle. The cost of the construction is estimated to be 5 billion Euros. The treaty-based organisation includes 7 partners (EU, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the USA) representing 32 countries. The chosen construction site is Cadarache in the south of France. Key elements necessary for making such an unprecedented collaboration possible are identified: a pre-existing active scientific network acting as a promoter, a in-kind supply by the partners of key high tech components thus ensuring a fair return to them, organisation supported by domestic agencies, intellectual property rights, a win-win agreement for choosing the site of the organisation etc. This article aims at identifying the general aspects of the ITER experience gained so far which could apply to an international exoplanet project.
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