DailyDirt: Getting From Point A To B… Really Really Quickly
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Transportation has evolved from simply walking to riding to flying to sailing and orbiting and all kinds of modes of travel. We’ve grown accustomed to speeds of 100-600 mph or so, but it’s possible to go a lot faster. A Concorde jet could go over 1,000 mph, but those planes aren’t in service anymore. Traveling to space might not appeal to that many people, but getting from NYC to LA in an hour might. Check out a few concept vehicles that could accomplish supersonic (or hypersonic) travel.
- Elon Musk’s Hyperloop project isn’t totally crazy. It’s still somewhat crazy, but there are some people building a prototype now — so a working version might exist someday. [url]
- SpaceLiner is a suborbital, hypersonic, winged passenger transport concept that could take people from Europe to the US in about an hour. Flying on what is essentially an intercontinental missile probably has some additional security issues, but there are plenty of other practical problems for this transportation idea. [url]
- Other evacuated tube transport systems (aka vactrains) could travel 5,000 mph all over the globe. That is, if anyone wants to build the tubes across oceans…. And maybe China will do it. (Or maybe not.) [url]
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