Tube Transportation: New Technology Designed For Space Travel on Earth

Friday, July 12, 2013

A tube network that could serve as transportation. (ET3/Facebook)

In the classic television show "The Jetsons," father George brought his kids to school in tiny capsules in the year 2062.

Soon, we might be able to travel via capsule, too.

Packed commuter trains could very well be replaced with sleek and small capsules traveling through a network of low grade vacuum tubes. It sounds far-fetched, but the idea and its implementation is already being explored.

Daryl Oster is the founder and CEO of ET3, a company dedicated to developing enhanced tube transport technologies. According to his company, ET3 is a form of lightening fast tube transportation.

"Networked like freeways, the capsules are automatically routed like Internet traffic, yet a capsule can exit at any desired portal," the company says. "Car sized passenger capsules travel in 1.5m (5') diameter tubes on frictionless maglev...Linear electric motors accelerate the capsules, which then coast through the vacuum for the remainder of the trip using no additional power."

This form of tube transportation would be faster than any high speed rail—getting a passenger from downtown Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 30 minutes. Oster joins us to explain the technology behind these tubes, and what they mean for the future of American transportation infrastructure. 

Guests:

Daryl Oster

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Carla Javier and Cassie Jones

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [4]

Keith from SF

The technology will not be the problem; from an engineering point of view, there will be challenges to be sure, but nothing insurmountable. The real problem with putting in systems like this will be centered around right-of-way, city planning and those "other" industries that will feel squeezed out because the tubes require no tires or wings.

Jul. 17 2013 01:59 PM
Raul and Maxine Cabrera from Tampa, FL

Daryl and Brenda!
We are so excited and proud of you!!! This is wonderful news! Congratulations! It was wonderful opening up my computer this morning and reading about ET3! All your efforts have now come to fruition and I know you are so ecstatic. We always think of you when we go up to the property in Holder. We have ours up for sale right now. Yours looks really nice. Miss seeing you up there.
Take care;
sincerely,
Raul and Maxine

Jul. 17 2013 09:03 AM
bernard j dera jr from phildelphia

put the first between atlantic city and phildelphia
without the magnets just air pressure for a test all tubes should be made of clear acrylic
each capsule, could be with twenty chairs.
my problem is emergency removal of people

Jul. 17 2013 05:03 AM
oscar from ny

In the future we will use insulated magnets on moving parts this can include from trains planes and automovibles, these tunnels can also be made through a ring system, everything will hoover and will be free energy from sun, also this sinthetic magnets can computerized and controled.o

Jul. 12 2013 04:01 PM

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