As Fox News, BBC, and a dozen of other major mainstream media told us, they compressed the fuel so that for 14 nanoseconds, it was producing the power of 350 terawatts, hundreds of times exceeding the whole consumption (power) by the United States of America (during the same 14 nanoseconds).
The single blast is cheap – it only costs between $5 and $20 for lasers to blink. You must also add the $3.5 billion price of the facility so it’s between $3,500,000,005 and $3,500,000,020.
So the progress is very promising. The only problem – which will remain a challenge for the future – is the middle word in the name of the facility. It’s an “ignition” facility but no ignition has actually taken place and there is a risk that there won’t be any ignition seen for those $3.5 billion, ever. Maybe it’s not necessary?