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New York To Beijing in 2 Hours? The Future of Travel

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  1. DFWRocket

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    The future of travel is Tubes? Interesting research going on -


    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/this-co...riting-rules-high-speed-travel-153438350.html

    et's say it's the fourth of July, and the Clintons have invited you to their house in Westchester, New York to shoot off some fireworks and have a barbeque. From Grand Central station in New York City, it would take you an hour to get there by train. Well, imagine being able to travel to London in less time to meet the Queen for tea at Buckingham palace.
    A licensing organization called ET3 believes that day isn't far off. They hold a patent to Evacuated Tube Technology or ETT and say that with their tubes, you will eventually be able to get you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours and from New York to London in less than an hour.
    Their six person capsules would travel on frictionless magnetic levitation tracks, through air-less vacuum tubes reaching a maximum speed of 4,000 miles per hour. At that speed you could spend the day comparing noodles in China to Pasta in Italy and back to New York in time for cheesecake, all in the same day.
    Now before you start making dinner reservations in Tuscany and sending out an RSVP to the Royal Family, this technology is still a concept and it's not clear when it will be operational. The first prototype is being built by researchers at Southwest Jiaotong University in China, who licensed ET3's technology and have worked with the founder of the company to build it.
    If you're interested in getting involved, it's an open source technology and you can buy a lifetime license for a hundred dollars allowing you to propose and bid on related construction of the rails.
     
  2. Two Sandwiches

    Two Sandwiches Contributing Member

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    I saw something similar on TV not long ago. Interesting concept, but what happens in the event of a crash? Chances of surviving are zero. They would have to prove to be safe time and time again before the general public would buy in. What about G-Forces? Do you have to have medical clearance first? How expensive is it going to be?

    I could go on and on.



    Interesting, nonetheless.
     
  3. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost be kind. be brave.

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  5. DFWRocket

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    Good questions..my 1st concern was what happens if it fails halfway to London..are you going to be stuck in a tube under at the bottom of the ocean?
     
  6. Joshfast

    Joshfast "We're all gonna die" - Billy Sole
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    Beat me too it. Now all we need is suicide booths and we are set.
     
  7. Bandwagoner

    Bandwagoner Contributing Member

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    what happens if your plane fails halfway to london? or your boat?
     
  8. YaosDirtyStache

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    plane you die.

    boat you dont die unless youre poor and in the bottom decks.
     
  9. Royals Ego

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    since beijing is already 12~ hours ahead, time travel highly unlikely
     
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    I already ordered a ticket.
     
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    Easy solution to the depression thread.
     
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    When ideas for new awesome technology come out, all people have are skeptical questions


    Why you so pessimistic people?
     
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    Why don't they start small and just do like a Houston-Dallas. Hub system would be amazing for cross country traveling. Although being in a tube unable to move makes me nervous, like an MRI.
     
  16. DFWRocket

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    plane - crash land in water jump out into life rafts on board.

    boat - jump aboard life rafts
     
  17. geeimsobored

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    You know if we just funded supersonic jets (ala the Concorde jets) using existing technology we could come up with a similar result at a far cheaper cost.
     
  18. GRENDEL

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    Eh, someone call me when this is ready.....

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    to save on infrastructure costs they could make use of the intertubes- already built.
     
  20. br0ken_shad0w

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    They need to start on high speed rail first. I would love it if I can just hop on something and go to Austin or Dallas and still be back in time for dinner the same day.
     

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