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Real-life Futurama tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours
IO9 ^ | Apr 18, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez

Posted on 04/20/2012 7:42:53 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

Real-life Futurama tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours

The Simpsons have the monorail. Futurama has the Tube Transport System. The difference is that tube-transport is a fantasy — at least for now.

The folks at ET3 want to make what they call "Evacuated Tube Transport" a reality. Their proposed maglev system would be capable of propelling six-person-capacity cylinders to speeds of over 4000 miles per hour, making it possible for people to travel from New York to L.A. in just 45 minutes, or from New York to Beijing in two hours. What's more, ET3 claims the infrastructure could be built at one-tenth the cost of a high speed rail and would operate fifty times more efficiently than electric cars or trains.

These all sound like very, very bold claims to us — still, it's hard not to get excited about the prospect of a vacuum-sealed, maglev-powered, 4000-mile-per-hour transportation system (though the idea of a collision at those speeds, or the implications of a capsule-leak, are enough to make even the most enthusiastic transpo-futurist a little queasy).


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KEYWORDS: engineering; futurama; futurism; highspeedrail; travel; tubetransport; tubetransportsystem

"tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing" ...

Why would I ever want to even be in either New York or Beijing?

1 posted on 04/20/2012 7:43:00 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: Bender2; Dr.Zoidberg

((((Ping))))


2 posted on 04/20/2012 7:43:57 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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Evacuated Tube Transport could take you around the world in just 6 hours

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=McpWcn-1RZU


3 posted on 04/20/2012 7:45:35 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

You could never have this on the same planet as Islam. It would be too juicy a target.


4 posted on 04/20/2012 7:48:48 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: DogByte6RER

How do you build a tube across the Pacific?


5 posted on 04/20/2012 7:50:00 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: DogByte6RER

Yeah! I wanna be going 4-freakin’-thousand miles an hour, when something goes wrong!


6 posted on 04/20/2012 7:51:12 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Would you need to take the change out your pockets so you wouldn’t get stuck like the smaller one at bank drive-thrus.


7 posted on 04/20/2012 7:52:47 AM PDT by ThomasThomas ("Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!")
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

It would be over in a flash.


8 posted on 04/20/2012 7:53:16 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: DogByte6RER
The problem is that when you arrive, you wind up looking like this.


9 posted on 04/20/2012 7:55:01 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: DogByte6RER

A total pipe dream. I wonder if Obama will fund it?


10 posted on 04/20/2012 7:57:16 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TexasRepublic
A total pipe dream. I wonder if Obama will fund it?

Only if it's powered by algae.

11 posted on 04/20/2012 8:01:03 AM PDT by mykroar (A vote for Romney IS a vote for Obama.)
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To: TexasRepublic
A total pipe dream.

Is that a bad pun?

12 posted on 04/20/2012 8:02:01 AM PDT by american_ranger
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To: Psycho_Bunny

“You could never have this on the same planet as Islam. It would be too juicy a target.”


No truer words were ever spoken.

I had seen this on the Discovery Channel for NY to London in 50 Min and it is entirely POSSIBLE but... practical????

Certainly unless the world smartens up and starts to educate everyone on the insanity that is Is-Slime, projects like this would just be targets in waiting for these 6th century sand monkeys and their pig prophet Mo-Ham-Mud.


13 posted on 04/20/2012 8:02:23 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: DogByte6RER

Indeed, screw Beijing. That’s a marriage in hell for them, and I do not have to support that with my taxes. Good bye.


14 posted on 04/20/2012 8:02:42 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: DogByte6RER

Another fantasy transport idea I think is cool is the tunnel through the center of the earth and it would require zero power.

The nature of gravity would accelerate you toward the center of the earth and as you passed it you would begin to slow down coming to a stop exactly at the surface on the far side of the planet. 42 minutes from anywhere on the globe.

Its never going to happen for obvious reasons but its still a cool idea.

http://www.damninteresting.com/the-gravity-express/


15 posted on 04/20/2012 8:03:20 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Wurlitzer

If it can be converted into an underground ICBM for Chinese terrorists, yep yep yep, the Chinese will build it and we will be the fools co financing it as a shovel ready job.


16 posted on 04/20/2012 8:04:21 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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Ditch the tubes, keep the catapult and start loading up the liberals and marxists in this country for a one way trip.


17 posted on 04/20/2012 8:07:35 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
I wonder if you could even separate out the remains of the six passengers if they crash at that speed? I am sure the technology would be perfectly safe except for terrorism, earthquakes and human incompetence.
18 posted on 04/20/2012 8:12:54 AM PDT by dog breath
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To: DogByte6RER

Drill a hole straight through the Earth and you can get from New York to China (or just about anywhere on Earth) in 43 minutes. Of course, you might not survive the trip due to intense heat or magma on the tunnel, but you’ll make it there.


19 posted on 04/20/2012 8:21:48 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I wonder who is paying these guys salaries?


20 posted on 04/20/2012 8:22:55 AM PDT by buffaloguy (uab.)
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To: DogByte6RER

“Ninety minutes from New York to Paris
Well, by 76 we’ll be AOK.

What a beautiful world this will be
What a glorious time to be free.”

Donald Fagen


21 posted on 04/20/2012 8:29:58 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

Outstanding song and album. Great pick for this thread.


22 posted on 04/20/2012 8:37:11 AM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: DogByte6RER

A libertarian Author thought this up a long time ago...

Originally penned in 1980, it’s on it’s 3rd incarnation now.

http://www.bigheadpress.com/tpbtgn?page=164

Bighead Press has the whole graphic novel up if anyone is interested in reading the whole thing.


23 posted on 04/20/2012 8:40:05 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Jmouse007; DogByte6RER

“Outstanding song and album. Great pick for this thread.”

Ditto! Always liked Fagen, with or without Becker.


24 posted on 04/20/2012 9:01:31 AM PDT by Magic Fingers (Political correctness mutates in order to remain virulent.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Not that much different than going 500 miles an hour when something goes wrong


25 posted on 04/20/2012 9:16:03 AM PDT by marlon ("They talk about me like a dog" Barack Obama)
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To: DogByte6RER
Real-life Futurama tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours

Of course, they haven't worked out the landing yet but experts feel the growing pool of bloody protoplasm at the end of the tube will soon be sufficient enough to buffer the deceleration forces upon landing.

26 posted on 04/20/2012 9:16:22 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: Obama sez: "Nice little Supreme Court you got here. Shame if anything were to happen to it.")
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To: american_ranger

“Is that a bad pun?”

Busted


27 posted on 04/20/2012 9:21:40 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
I wanna be going 4-freakin’-thousand miles an hour, when something goes wrong!

Well, at least the end would be quick. Messy, but quick.

28 posted on 04/20/2012 9:38:22 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: DogByte6RER

29 posted on 04/20/2012 9:46:56 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: DogByte6RER
Geeze...in my most recent trip on the NYC subway they couldn't even catapult me from W 34th St to Columbus Circle in 2 hours.
30 posted on 04/20/2012 9:47:15 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: FatherofFive
How do you build a tube across the Pacific?

No need to...you just head east.

31 posted on 04/20/2012 9:49:01 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Yeah, I don’t want to go to Beijing or New York. I’d rather go to Tahiti.


32 posted on 04/20/2012 9:49:01 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Yeah, I don’t want to go to Beijing or New York. I’d rather go to Tahiti.

NYC's not bad,when it's not raining...or snowing...or 15 degrees...or 95...or dark.

33 posted on 04/20/2012 9:53:06 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

It’s no different, effectively, than going 500-600mph 6 miles up in the air.


34 posted on 04/20/2012 9:54:06 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I’ll never forget the smell of the lower east side.


35 posted on 04/20/2012 9:55:44 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: DogByte6RER; Bender2; Dr.Zoidberg

36 posted on 04/20/2012 9:56:03 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Well, not exactly. Since New York is in the Northern Hemisphere, you’d end up in the Southern Hemisphere. The more tangential the trip (and US to China is very tangential), the less beneficial gravity is.


37 posted on 04/20/2012 10:03:35 AM PDT by dangus
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To: DogByte6RER

LA sucks. NY blows. Tell me something I didn’t know.


38 posted on 04/20/2012 10:04:45 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: DogByte6RER

Imagine the tube burn you would get if you hit the side of the tube at 4000 miles per hour.

Plus all the blood, guts and vomit that would be lining that thing, the smell would be intolerable.


39 posted on 04/20/2012 11:41:13 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: DogByte6RER; xsmommy

A vacuum tube going to Philly wouldn’t take any energy at all.

Cause Philly sucks!

#Pensin7


40 posted on 04/20/2012 12:56:14 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: DogByte6RER
Trains in evacuated tubes isn't a new idea: I remember reading an article with a similar proposal (wheels, though, not maglev) in a Scientific American about fifty years ago. Actually more elegant, since the trains 'fell' down a ramp, rolled along a subterranean track and climbed another ramp into the next station, bringing them to a stop. All done by gravity, with the only energy input needed being to overcome the friction losses involved in rolling.
41 posted on 04/20/2012 12:58:36 PM PDT by Grut
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To: dangus
Well, not exactly. Since New York is in the Northern Hemisphere, you’d end up in the Southern Hemisphere. The more tangential the trip (and US to China is very tangential), the less beneficial gravity is.

Actually, if you have a frictionless tunnel (okay, big "if" here, but, hey, we're drilling through the Earth), any tunnel between any two cities anywhere in the world would take 43 minutes (or maybe it was 47 -- it's been a long time since I read the science article about it in Analog).

42 posted on 04/20/2012 1:32:14 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: cripplecreek
The nature of gravity would accelerate you toward the center of the earth and as you passed it you would begin to slow down coming to a stop exactly at the surface on the far side of the planet. 42 minutes from anywhere on the globe.

Actually as you neared the center of the earth you would fall slower and slower as gravity weakened, when you got to the exact center your speed would be almost non existent and you would not go past the center, gravity would be pushing you from every direction. No free ride for you. You would be stranded at the center unless you had some sort of power to pull you out, because every direction would be up.

43 posted on 04/20/2012 2:52:35 PM PDT by calex59
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To: SoothingDave

Dan bylsma said everyone needs to be their best tonight and that includes you. Do not let him down.


44 posted on 04/20/2012 3:03:43 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Gay State Conservative
No need to...you just head east.

OK. How do you build a tube across the Atlantic?

45 posted on 04/20/2012 3:20:25 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Sounds reasonable; The reduction in gravitational force would need to be proportional to the reduction in distance.

BUT it’s pretty easy to understand how to have a frictionless tube which passes through the center of the earth. Well, passing ANY tube through the center of the Earth is rather hard to imagine, but making it frictionless would be easy as pie compared to constructing it; a simple vacuum chamber would do. As you move away from the center, the force pulling away from the center of the tube would become far greater; a friction against the tube itself which would be nonexistent if the tube passed through the center of the Earth would be only marginal if it passed within several degrees of the center of the Earth, but so great if it passed from the US to China that it’d be hardly any less than going completely along the surface.


46 posted on 04/20/2012 7:37:22 PM PDT by dangus
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To: blueunicorn6
I love the idea of 1976 being in the future.

Nowadays I'm more interested in going back in time than going forward.

47 posted on 04/20/2012 7:46:46 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: hattend
Imagine the tube burn you would get if you hit the side of the tube at 4000 miles per hour.

Naturally as a precaution you would slather yourself in Crisco. Then you'd just slide to Beijing if anything happened. It would be fun!

48 posted on 04/20/2012 7:49:31 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Jmouse007
Outstanding song and album. Great pick for this thread.

"Walk Between the Raindrops" literally makes you feel like you're in 50s-era Miami.

49 posted on 04/20/2012 7:51:07 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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