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  • Could StarTram Revolutionize Space Travel?

    10/03/2017 10:07:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | October 3, 2017 | Ross Pomeroy
    While stuck in traffic in 1961, James Powell, a young researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory came up with the idea of using powerful magnets to lift and propel massive passenger-carrying cars. Over the next seven years, he and his colleague Gordon Danby spent their spare time piecing together a concept. They obtained a patent for the breakthrough in 1968. Powell and Danby's magnetic levitation, or maglev, technology must have seemed like magic back then, but it is now being used to move large trains at speeds up to 375 miles per hour! Not content to rest on this sole accomplishment,...
  • Abe pitches Japan’s maglev trains to the US, touting New York to Washington in 40 minutes

    09/22/2016 1:37:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 54 replies
    Kyodo ^ | 22 September, 2016
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pitching Japan’s maglev technology for the railway system in the United States. Speaking in a meeting with US business leaders and financial experts in New York on Wednesday, Abe said that in the late 2030s, a maglev train linking Tokyo to Nagoya in central Japan will take just 40 minutes - an hour shorter than currently required for the shinkansen bullet train. The two cities are about 260km apart, as the crow flies. “The distance between Tokyo and Nagoya is almost the same as that between New York and [Washington] DC,” he said. “You...
  • First look at Navy's experimental railgun that can fire at 4,500 miles an hour

    05/29/2016 11:12:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2016 | The Wall Street Journal
    A warning siren bellowed through the concrete bunker of a top-secret Naval facility where U.S. military engineers prepared to demonstrate a weapon for which there is little defense. Officials huddled at a video screen for a first look at a deadly new supergun that can fire a 25-pound projectile through seven steel plates and leave a 5-inch hole. The weapon is called a railgun and requires neither gunpowder nor explosive. It is powered by electromagnetic rails that accelerate a hardened projectile to staggering velocity—a battlefield meteorite with the power to one day transform military strategy, say supporters, and keep the...
  • Maglev hover car possible?

    I'm writing a fictional novel, which includes development of a maglev hover car. Can anyone point me to scholarly articles regarding magnetic levitation for my research? I have a PhD in chemistry but know very little about physics. Than you so much.
  • Elon Musk’s radical plan to let people travel in 760 mph tubes

    06/06/2015 12:19:51 PM PDT · by Baynative · 100 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard and Mark Prigg For
    Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop' was dismissed as a pipe dream that would never get off the ground. But now the billionaire's plans to shoot capsules of passengers along a tube at around the speed of sound may launch as soon as next year. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has secured land for the first full-scale Hyperloop with a 2016 launch in the California town of Quay Valley.
  • Floating by at 311mph: Japanese 'Maglev' bullet train undergoes its first successful test run

    06/05/2013 9:27:31 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 4, 2013 | Nicola Rowe
    <p>The trains use magnetic levitation technology instead of wheels ...</p> <p>Japan's floating bullet trains - which will travel at up speeds of up to 311mph - have undergone their first test runs.</p> <p>The magnetic levitation, or 'maglev' trains, use state-of-the-art technology to reach mind-blowing speeds ...</p>
  • XCOR Completes Lynx Supersonic Wind Tunnel Tests at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

    09/20/2010 5:28:57 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 7 replies
    xcor ^ | 09/20/10
    September 20, 2010, Mojave, CA and Huntsville, AL: XCOR Aerospace, Inc. announced today they have completed the primary supersonic wind tunnel testing of the Lynx suborbital spacecraft. The tests were performed at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) using a precision scale model and demonstrated the integrity of the Lynx aerodynamic shape and provided data to make final refinements to the vehicle. These new data provide confidence that the Lynx aerodynamic shape will have stable and controllable flight throughout the range of Mach numbers and angles of attack needed for the Lynx mission.
  • Maglev vs high-speed rail: Should we change trains?

    09/03/2010 6:05:14 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 24 replies · 1+ views ^ | Friday, September 3, 2010 | Thomas Lane
    The billions we will spend on HS2 will get us from London to Birmingham 28 minutes faster than the present system does. After Birmingham, the trains will travel on old linesChina has the longest commercial maglev train service in the world. Japan holds the speed record (361mph). Germany has the best technology. And Britain … well, as usual, we’re just the ones who invented the thing. Readers of a certain age may recall Eric Laithwaite’s Christmas lectures to the Royal Institution in which he demonstrated how a linear induction motor (which he invented in the forties) could supply both lift...
  • Korea starts to build maglev train rail

    08/03/2010 1:45:51 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 5 replies · 13+ views
    Korea Herald ^ | Tuesday, August 3, 2010 | Cho Chung-un
    South Korea started to build a rail and other facilities for the countryÂ’s first magnetic levitation trains on Yeongjong Island, some 30 kilometers west of Seoul, on Tuesday. The construction is a major part of the governmentÂ’s plan to commercialize environment-friendly transport services, the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said. The country plans to operate unmanned maglev trains that link Incheon International Airport and Yongyoo Station where travelers can take express trains heading to Seoul. The groundbreaking ceremony was held at Incheon International Airport to construct a 6.1 kilometer rail at the nationÂ’s major airfield to test maglev...
  • Wind, Trains Power Siemens' Future in the U.S.

    06/24/2010 10:42:54 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 6 replies
    Industry Week ^ | June 24, 2010 | Jonathan Katz
    Public and private partnerships could be the wind that pushes the company forward in the race for high-speed rail and alternative energy in the United States.German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG is betting that the United States will become a prime market for high-speed rail and renewable energy as the nation tries to lessen its dependence on fossil fuels. Part of the company's success in these areas will depend on what happens in Washington. But government support alone won't fuel future growth in high-speed rail, says Daryl Dulaney, CEO of Siemens Industry Inc. "To make high-speed rail happen, it needs a...
  • Pittsburgh-to-Greensburg Maglev plans up for public review

    06/12/2010 7:09:32 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 18 replies · 319+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Friday, June 11, 2010 | Matthew Santoni
    Officials are opening for public review the plans for a magnetic-levitation train from Pittsburgh to Greensburg, marking another tiny step forward for the decade-long project. The final environmental impact statement for the proposed $5.3 billion, 54-mile Pittsburgh Maglev project was posted for public review and comment Thursday at the Port Authority of Allegheny County's office and at The authority is managing public funding for McKeesport-based Maglev Inc. but has no role in planning or building the train. Maglev Inc. President Fred Gurney said he was waiting for federal officials' go-ahead before taking the environmental study to the public, and...
  • Chattanooga, Atlanta MagLev High Speed Rail Project Attracts Obama Administration Attention

    06/05/2010 12:27:40 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 81 replies · 755+ views
    WDEF ^ | June 4, 2010 | Joe Legge
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wants to jump start Mag-Lev development in this country, and says and Atlanta to Chattanooga link makes sense. LaHood tested a high speed rail system in Japan last month. He compares the Obama administration's push for high-speed rail to the creation of the the Interstate system. Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield say "I was amazed and surprised and very very pleased that he came out and talked about Atlanta, Chattanooga because I've always felt, even looking at it nationally that there is no project that holds more promise than this project." The statement comes with a cost....
  • US transport chief rides 300-mph Japanese maglev train as Tokyo pitches hi-speed rail system

    05/11/2010 5:39:00 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 30 replies · 492+ views
    Canadian Business ^ | Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | Jay Alabaster
    TSURU, Japan (AP) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took a ride Tuesday on the fastest passenger train in the world, a Japanese maglev, as part of Tokyo's sales pitch for billions of dollars in high-speed train contracts from the U.S. Washington is attempting to drive development of a new train network that will eventually span the country, but the U.S. has almost no domestic experience or technology. Japan, with one of the most advanced train systems in the world, is an eager seller, though it has had scant success with exports so far. LaHood, who in the past few...
  • South Korean Magnetic levitation train to debut

    05/04/2010 10:51:02 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 19 replies · 435+ views
    Korea Times ^ | Monday, May 03, 2010 | Lee Hyo-sik
    Korea will operate unmanned magnetic levitation trains in Incheon International Airport from 2013, becoming the latest country after Japan to commercialize the next generation transportation system. The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said Monday that it will finish constructing a 6.1 kilometer railway by 2012 within the country's main airport and begin running unmanned magnetic levitation trains that will travel at 110 kilometers per hour. The ministry also unveiled a prototype of the train. As one of Korea's state-funded research and development (R&D) projects, the government decided in 2006 to invest 450 billion won ($400 million) into developing...
  • Sengoku, Maehara Pitch Nuclear, Rail Projects In Vietnam Talks

    05/03/2010 9:07:21 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 150+ views
    Nikkei ^ | Tuesday, May 4, 2010
    HANOI (Nikkei)--National Policy Minister Yoshito Sengoku and Transport Minister Seiji Maehara met with Vietnamese officials here to promote Japanese infrastructure projects, such as the construction of nuclear power plants and high-speed rail systems. Maehara, left, and Sengoku urged Vietnam to tap Japanese technologies for its nuclear and rail projects. Talking with Vietnamese Transport Minister Ho Nghia Dung, Maehara expressed Japan's willingness to extend yen loans. "We'll discuss within the government how much in yen loans we can use," Maehara told Dung while also pointing out that Vietnam may need to be flexible in its plans, such as delaying the rail...
  • Pittsburgh's maglev competitors seem to have higher hurdles

    04/19/2010 12:22:37 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 16 replies · 322+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | April 19, 2010 | Matthew Santoni
    Pittsburgh's plan for a $5.25 billion maglev train is further along than similar projects competing for federal money, because obstacles are holding back the others. Since 1999, the government slowly has advanced four proposals for high-speed trains that hover centimeters above magnetic tracks, and all encountered major hurdles: The Las Vegas-to-southern California maglev lost congressional support and a major funding source; Maryland law prohibits the Baltimore-to-Washington project from getting any more state money; and the Atlanta-to-Chattanooga line must cobble together local funding and still could become a traditional passenger rail. After 10 years and almost $23 million, Pittsburgh's maglev faces...
  • Parker heads to D.C. to talk up NASA, light rail

    03/16/2010 9:00:16 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 21 replies · 343+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 16, 2010 | BRADLEY OLSON
    Mayor Annise Parker will begin a whirlwind tour of Washington today in which she will try to persuade a skeptical Obama administration not to shelve the Constellation space program, as well as shore up relationships between the city and federal transportation officials. Parker is scheduled to meet with senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and members of the local congressional delegation in a two-day blitz. Shortly after she was elected, the administration had invited her to “open dialogue” on certain key issues in Washington, and today's...
  • All-aboard for Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev project

    03/15/2010 6:16:42 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 412+ views
    People's Daily Online ^ | March 15, 2010
    The Ministry of Railways gave the go-ahead on March 13 for a high-speed magnetic levitation railway project, or maglev for short, which would traverse a distance of nearly 200 kilometers between Shanghai and Hangzhou, including a branch line already in existence in Shanghai. Detailed research on the project is underway, said Zheng Jian, chief designer of the Ministry of Railways. As of now, this is the only maglev railway line in China's medium and long-term railway development plan. "As the extension of the maglev line connecting Pudong Airport with Shanghai's downtown area, the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line will promote the integration...
  • Atlanta Maglev firm offers to link commuter, high-speed rail

    03/09/2010 3:11:39 AM PST · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 146+ views
    ORLANDO SENTINEL ^ | March 08, 2010 | Dan Tracy
    A metro Atlanta company that's struggled in the past is offering to raise and spend $223 million to build a magnetically levitated train that would link two other mass transit systems headed to Central Florida. American Maglev Technology approached state and local officials about two weeks ago with a plan to use its product to connect the SunRail commuter train – which would run from DeLand in Volusia County through downtown Orlando to Poinciana in Osceola County – with the high-speed train that would go from Orlando International Airport to near downtown Tampa. ~~~SNIP~~~ Morris is proposing a train that...
  • Dyson calls for a return to technical innovation and manufacturing

    03/09/2010 2:52:49 AM PST · by Willie Green · 3 replies · 74+ views
    The Economic Voice ^ | March 9th, 2010 | Jeff Taylor
    Sir James Dyson, in a report commissioned by the Conservative Party, has recommended a vast overhaul of the UK manufacturing and technology businesses. Sir James is most widely recognised for his vacuum cleaner, but is an accomplished inventor in other areas and has a string of other innovative projects to his name, like the ‘bladeless fan’ or ‘Air Multiplier’. Sir James DysonIn his report ‘Ingenious Britain’ Dyson is calling for more emphasis to be placed on science and technology in schools. He claims that the current atmosphere around health and safety is preventing schoolchildren undertaking experiment and that this should...