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Tube transport - around the world in 6 hours ?

By T.K. Randall
March 26, 2012 · Comment icon 12 comments



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One campany is working towards a future connected by a sophisticated vacuum tube transportation system.
Known as Evacuated Tube Transport, the technology would involve accelerating car-sized capsules along vacuum-sealed tubes at speeds of up to 4,000mph. Using this mode of transportation a person could travel across the whole world in under six hours. The company claims that the technology is not only quicker than conventional transport but would use a lot less energy as well.
You know those clear vacuum tubes at bank drive-thrus -- the ones that suck up deposit canisters at lightning speed? Sure you do, they're mesmerising. Admit it, if there was a mode of transportation that allowed you to travel back and forth like those canisters do, you would be the first to hop aboard.


Source: Discovery News | Comments (12)


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Comment icon #3 Posted by MindfieldzX 11 years ago
Thats funny, cuz Futurama did it. And I am watching it right now, haha.
Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin 11 years ago
I don't know, but it seems too expensive and dangerous to be viable.
Comment icon #5 Posted by DONTEATUS 11 years ago
I can travel much,MUCH ! faster than that little vacuum train that could ! Its called the Internet, really ,Really fast ! Almost light speed !
Comment icon #6 Posted by cerberusxp 11 years ago
Like when the Geico Gecko was sucked up the tube in the mail room? I think a human would end up a bloody blob at the other end. Imagine the air pressure that would have to be produced. I used clear natural gas lines using air pressure with a foam ball ( like a nerf football ) that we called shooting the pig. When it came out the other end of the pipe (sometimes a mile or so through the pipe) it was in pretty bad shape.I think a transporter (matter transfer unit) would be a much better pursuit. Remember the Fly? LOL Beam me up Scotty! I think the Government already has this technology. Back whe... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Ahkronn 11 years ago
Like when the Geico Gecko was sucked up the tube in the mail room? I think a human would end up a bloody blob at the other end. Imagine the air pressure that would have to be produced. I used clear natural gas lines using air pressure with a foam ball ( like a nerf football ) that we called shooting the pig. When it came out the other end of the pipe (sometimes a mile or so through the pipe) it was in pretty bad shape.I think a transporter (matter transfer unit) would be a much better pursuit. Remember the Fly? LOL Beam me up Scotty! I think the Government already has this technology. Back whe... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by sergeantflynn 11 years ago
Cargo distribution is all this is good for . To risky for humans .
Comment icon #9 Posted by Offeiriad 11 years ago
Perhaps they should take notes from Jasper Fforde!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Alienated Being 11 years ago
It's hilarious how you misspelled "company" and "transport", but managed to spell "sophisticated" correctly. Lmao. Nice article.
Comment icon #11 Posted by AbsurdistMe 11 years ago
Thats funny, cuz Futurama did it. And I am watching it right now, haha. lol Good call MindfieldzX! Fururama was my first thought. If this could be possible it would be awesome. I'm gonna guessing that this won't go any further than the 'idea' phase... at least for a while.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Hybrid89 11 years ago
I think if the speed is progressive then its definitely possible. Liek a person said above when we;re on a passanger plain traveling at roughly 500mph we dont even feel it due to certain aspects. recently I watched a documentary on netflix about Mount everest. They got a helicopter to bring them a third of the way. Leaving them to walk 30Km to the base camp. They said the reason for this was that, if they got a plain ride to the base camp, the difference in air would make them pass out minutes after being exposed and even death after that or something. By walking up ,there bodies adjusted grad... [More]


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