• Mar 27th 2012 at 1:15PM
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Are we coming closer to a Futurama-esque tube transport system? ET3.com, Inc., an open consortium looking to implement "space travel on Earth," has begun selling licenses for its Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) system, which they claim could take travelers from Washington D.C. to Beijing in just 2 hours, without ever leaving the ground. The company and its advocates say this form of transport is safer, cheaper, greener and much, much faster than planes, trains and cars.

ETT System

The systems works (in theory) by putting capsules in an evacuated tube, which accelerates up to 4,000 mph in roughly 3 minutes using linear electric motors. Friction is almost completely eliminated, as passive superconductors allow the capsule to "float" within the tubes. The energy used to accelerate the capsules is then recaptured as they slow down. Capsules could drastically range in size according to their contents.

ET3.com says that the system could be used for everything from cargo to human transport and could one day be networked like freeways, both above and below ground.

The consortium says that more than 3 dozen licenses to build the system have been purchased in China and 5 dozen have been purchased in 5 additional countries.

[Source: Gizmag]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Our governments are not mature enough for such advancements in life... they are still in kindergarden trying to take everyone elses all the marbles (and stick them in their mouths).
      • 3 Years Ago
      TWO HOURS? Well I guess it depends how far you are from DC.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmm? 'Evacuated Tube'? Its name just sounds so wrong.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pure fantasy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        So were machines that weight many tons which can fly, horseless carriages, and space travel to name a few.
      ajpoolio1
      • 3 Years Ago
      We'll never see it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      good idea just wold be nice atleast som of a tube to be transperent
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am for it. It would move faster than Gmail....:).
      mrkjessup
      • 3 Years Ago
      BLACK PEOPLE ARE LAZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      At 4k mph you should have no problem getting across the ocean. Hope you are properly aligned with the tube on the other side :P
      Gabriel
      • 3 Years Ago
      This has to be one of the most crack-smoking "riiiiiight" proposals I've ever seen. Someone paid these fools for their theory/licenses? Or maybe the article was originally scheduled to be released on April 1?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Solyndra is one of the consortiums, no?
      • 3 Years Ago
      "they claim could take travelers from Washington D.C. to Beijing in just 2 hours, without ever leaving the ground" I'm looking at a globe and I don't see a land route between Washington D.C. and Beijing. Does the plan include a transoceanic bridge?
        • 3 Years Ago
        You have to think three dimensionally as in on a globe, not a map. A straight line would pass almost directly over the North Pole, and entirely over the polar ice cap (thus no bridge to build). This, of course, begets a whole new set of issues and difficulties...
        • 3 Years Ago
        When I saw this before I understood the idea was to install it on the ocean floor. It's already vacuum, so has to have life support onboard anyway.
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