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Hey Science, Make This Vacuum Tube Travel Real

A flight from New York to China takes an average of 16 hours. What if we could cut that down to two? 

The guys over at ET3 want to make that a reality. 

ET3, or Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies, is currently working on a vacuum tube travel system that could haul passengers from New York to L.A., in 45 minutes flat. New York to Hong Kong would take a mere two hours. Want to go all the way around the world? You could do so in six hours. 

According to their site:

ET3 is literally "Space Travel on Earth". ET3 is silent, low cost, safe, faster than jets, and is electric.

Car sized passenger capsules travel in 1.5m (5') diameter tubes on frictionless maglev. Air is permanently removed from the two-way tubes that are built along a travel route. Airlocks at stations allow transfer of capsules without admitting air. Linear electric motors accelerate the capsules, which then coast through the vacuum for the remainder of the trip using no additional power. Most of the energy is regenerated as the capsules slow down. ET3 can provide 50 times more transportation per kWh than electric cars or trains.

Good for the environment and fast travel? What's the downside? Perhaps the 4,000mph ripping out your eyeballs could be one. 

The group says they have figured out a way to minimize G-force felt by passengers, but have yet to release proof of that. 

Several countries are showing interest in the technology. Once they prove my face won't melt upon entering, I am all in. 


this would be friggin awesome. no more long drives from Rhody to CO and back!

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