31st January, 2011 @ 4:56 p.m. (California Time)
Paulgo, Read the book of Acabion online at their web. Flip book section. I\'m sure you will change your mind after reading it. www.Acabion.com
31st January, 2011 @ 10:27 p.m. (California Time)
Y\'know, i\'m fairly sure that was a joke...
Vacuum tubes, etc.?
1st February, 2011 @ 12:51 a.m. (California Time)
no more pollution, no more car exhaust, or ocean dumpage! From now on, we will travel in tube!
Get the scientist working on the tube technology, immediately....tube technology......
,chop, chop, lets go.
1st February, 2011 @ 2:07 a.m. (California Time)
Im not bothered that they stole my idea but they can do it justice. At no point did i say they should lay tubing in the oceans...lol idiots. They need to build a tunnel structure that surfaces at continental shelf boundaries in hard rock.
By using gravity to acelerate the passengers they can eliminate accelaration and deceleration problems by computing the required area required to go down , along and up so that on a limited amount of assisted deceleration is required on the receiving end.
It is also possible to have the pods much larger than their tightly fitting torpedo of an idea. In fact it is a requirement i put in my proposal where people can put there luggage next to thewm as they would a train.
The pod would simply adjust there angle such that people were always on level ground as the underlying structure would make it smooth going.
Assited acceleration could be used if the gravitational acceleration is too disconcerting for people in testing perhaps.
Anyways im thankful they reinvented my idea but hey they need to put some thought in to taking the guts of other peoples ideas as well. There was more to the system as well which serviced entire metropolitan areas with pods available to jump in like buses, that went to a destination using a transit system that allowed inter/outer country travel as well.
1st February, 2011 @ 3:19 a.m. (California Time)
I\'m sure that wheels will not be necessary if Acabion visionary concept evolves for eletromagnetic propulsion transport.
1st February, 2011 @ 5:01 a.m. (California Time)
haha this is hilarious, went through so much time to put together a bs website spouting more bs...
1st February, 2011 @ 5:42 a.m. (California Time)
Excuse me but there is no need for streamlining in a vacuum.
1st February, 2011 @ 5:44 a.m. (California Time)
Well, it\'s all very interesting - theoretically. I not sure this is actually practical. What do you build these elevated roadways out of and where do you build them and at what cost? Can they withstand hurricanes/cyclones, earthquakes, volcanic ash? Where do you get the energy to drive them? I liked to believe that solar energy alone is sufficient but I keep hearing how it is not.
This requires a MASSIVE and prosperous economy. And a rock stable one.
It\'s a nice dream. I don\'t discount dreams as they allow us to explore possibilities. And this should be given further examination, but I just don\'t see it happening on a large scale. Parts of this will very likely come into existance, but not the whole concept.
1st February, 2011 @ 6:07 a.m. (California Time)
And in world news tonight, February 1st, 2110, a vacuum leak in the trans-European transport tube resulted in the deaths of 3,000 people, as their cars decelerated from 12,000 mph to less than 100 mph instanteously, while bursting into flame.
1st February, 2011 @ 7:04 a.m. (California Time)
I wish the initiative can get done fast. Vacuum transport is not new. Mathematical calculations suggest that if you bore underground in a straight line connecting different parts on the surface of the earth, regardless of the surface distance you just need 83 mins to travel from every point to another, all around the world in frictionless environment.
1st February, 2011 @ 7:14 a.m. (California Time)
20,000 kph? That\'s a lot of sucking! I think they should start with an SPS - Small Parcel System that gets everything to your door or maybe the end of your street.
Move the goods only and not the cars and people!
1st February, 2011 @ 7:33 a.m. (California Time)
I have considered vacuum tube trave for some time but do not think it is practical at this time for the following reasons:
1. The tube would be very expensive to build.
2. In the event of a leak, air would enter and removal of air would have to be for the entire volume of the tube.
3. The system to maintain the moving transport part would have to be in perfect alignment since any contact with the side of the tube would result in high frictional forces at that speed.
4. The number of people that could be transported would be relatively small for any time period. The tube could not be used for transports at short intervals for safety reasons.
We do not have the technology at this time, though it is a good idea.
1st February, 2011 @ 10:30 a.m. (California Time)
Love the Acabian GTO, but this idea is bogus. Building that sort of infrastructure is only practical for MASS transit; i.e. TRAINS. Vacuum trains could surpass rail, maglev and air travel in shear speed, but the cost of constructing the required \'transit tubes\' would be astronomical. Maybe Acabian needs to just finish the job and add wings and a propeller to this road-running bobsled of theirs. Awesome, but ludicrous....
1st February, 2011 @ 10:53 a.m. (California Time)
Interesting concept, Akemai. I\'m curious, how do we build the tubes through the semi-molten mantel that underlies the earth\'s crust? At temperatures of about 870C (1600F) to 3700C (6700F). Not to mention the solid iron core at the center of the earth, which is even hotter than the surface of the sun?
I won\'t even ask how we dig tunnels that are 3,000, 4,000, up to 7,000 miles long.
1st February, 2011 @ 12:05 p.m. (California Time)
Already being worked on and is being presented to nations.
Aqua=Terra Planetary Holdings, LLC
1st February, 2011 @ 12:24 p.m. (California Time)
It\'s 5000 km from london to new york. If you want an even amount of acceleration and deceleration, you have to get to 20000 km/h by half way (2500 km). The since
v^2 = 2as,
a = (v^2)/2s
= 400 000 000/(5000000)
= 80 m/s^2
that\'s a mean acceleration/deceleration of a cool 8g. Minimum. If there\'s to be a bit of constant speed in the middle, you need to accelerate faster. Since you pretty much pass out at 7 or 8g, I don\'t think we\'ll be seeing these speeds any time soon.
1st February, 2011 @ 1:02 p.m. (California Time)
I am not sure I want to travel this fast......
1st February, 2011 @ 6:46 p.m. (California Time)
No doubt utopian idea!
1st February, 2011 @ 7:41 p.m. (California Time)
Est. $300,000,000 per km of costs (development, land purchase, construction, operation of vacuum system and administration, equipment and vehicles, energy).
Waaaaaaay too much, and out of reach of even a global economy for ONE tube.
1st February, 2011 @ 9:47 p.m. (California Time)
Sorry, made an embarrassingly elementary mistake with the units in my calculation. I should have converted km/h into m/s. 1m/s = 3.6 km/h, since the velocity is squared then the figure I gave is too big by a factor of 3.6^2 (which is 12.96). The acceleration is thus reduced to a much more reasonable 0.62g and the whole thing is a lot more plausible again. Egg on my face :o(
2nd February, 2011 @ 1:06 a.m. (California Time)
In the \"nothing new under the sun\" category.....vacuum transport was commonplace for the Treens in Dan Dare\'s futuristic stories back in the fifties !
Forget the supersonic speeds , just to have smooth, comfortable travel in any weather conditions would be fabulous!
2nd February, 2011 @ 3:43 a.m. (California Time)
After you stop shaking your head and muttering WTF, Google http://www.mist-er.com/home-page.html for a transportation concept that is not only achievable, but is so inexpensive, it will return transit to the private sector.
2nd February, 2011 @ 11:13 a.m. (California Time)
No flux capacitor?
...then you could arrive before you left!
Great for sci-fi,
but considering that their 373mph vehicle has not gotten very far,
much more reasonable interim goals should be set.
In all the 60 years of sanctioned Bonneville racing,
there are only about 75 people in the 300mph club.
That should tell you something about actually going just that fast.
The first place to start is tires,
since nothing currently exists that will last more than 10
minutes at those speeds (373MPH).
Then you can work on the roads,
or whatever else.
but take reasonable steps to get there.
As for the first comment,
I think he was making a pun about vacuum.
3rd February, 2011 @ 11:45 a.m. (California Time)
Griffin, if an Acabion would be able to reach, for example 400mph in Bonneville, will you start to believe in Acabion?
3rd February, 2011 @ 10:35 p.m. (California Time)
Gene Roddenberry\'s Genesis II (made for TV movie) had Earth laced with these tubes...
9th February, 2011 @ 2:17 p.m. (California Time)
Nature abhors a vacuum.
Think of all that matter and antimatter popping into existance and then colliding and obliterating them selves.
Just powering up CERN takes enormous power..
So sending people around like neutrinos will take ... infinity.
Mind you with all that travel in vacumm and the speed and mass of an eventual collisions I'm sure someone will notice the God particle..
23rd March, 2012 @ 8:52 p.m. (California Time)