Friday, July 19, 2013

Company ET3 proposes supersonic train which would travel from NYC to LA in 45 minutes

I love this.  Somehow I think that we as a nation have devolved to such a point that we could never see this great idea to fruition.  But maybe United Arab Emirates or China will.   This technology advances our world in such a remarkable way.  We had a SST aircraft and it flew for many years but nothing was developed to replace it and it was retired a few years ago.

This proposal seems logical to the lay mind.  I've worked in businesses that utilized and I've been a customer of banks who used the pneumatic tube systems from the past.  We still haven't figured out how to take a human or living being and translate it into something digital that can be translated electronically.   Until that can be done, this seems like a revolutionary design.  Send we humans in a little tube at very high speeds, just as we did with the pneumatic systems of the not so distant past.  

[ET3] wants to revolutionize transportation. Again. The serial entrepreneur envisions a future where mag-lev trains in enormous pneumatic tubes whisk us from Los Angeles to New York in 45 minutes. Need to be in Beijing tomorrow? No problem. It’s a two-hour ride away  
Daily Mail
As crazy as it sounds, Musk is merely updating an idea that’s been around since the early 1900s, and at least one company is working on a functional prototype. But according to Wired sources, his involvement won’t be nearly as hands-on as Musk’s other endeavors at Tesla Motors and SpaceX.
The engineering behind the Hyperloop is similar to the old-school pneumatic tube systems used by banks to suck your deposit to the teller at the drive-through. But naturally, it’s more complicated than that.
A massive vacuum tube — mounted either above ground or even under water — would be combined with a magnetic levitation system used on conventional bullet trains. That means no friction, no wind resistance, no chance of collisions, and insanely high speeds:

The proposed train would travel at 400 mph transcontinentally and 4,000 mph internationally.  Based upon those speeds, ET3 suggests that you could travel between NY-LA in 45 minutes and ultimately New York to Bejing in two-hours.

Elon Musk, the owner of ET3, one of the companies exploring this technology, described this train thusly:  "a cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table.

It is interesting.  This technology is based upon proposals in early 20th century for "vactrains" which never reached fruition.  

It also provides a very cost efficient alternative to the best technology we have today.   "The tech entrepreneur claims that his hyperloop super train could be three to four times faster than a Japanese bullet train." (1)

These kind of ideas are so rare in this day age.  We seem to be stuck in 1950 in this country, despite some advances.  But this kind of hyper-liberal thinking is what created the technologically-advanced world that we live in today.   Alas, we haven't advance spiritually.

But this blog is really about celebration.  This is an exciting concept using old technology which was quite successful and moved our civilization forward (if not spiritually).  Sure, we could wait for physicists to finally discover how to break down living beings to the atomic level and then transport them digitally, as we do with documents, photos, etc. 

I love this concept.   Here's more photos and be sure and check out the video below:

Here's more photos

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