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Vacuum Tube Company Is Building A 3-Mile Hyperloop-Like Transport System
Business Insider ^ | July 12, 2013 | Steven Tweedie

Posted on 07/17/2013 5:32:54 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter

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Hyperloop transportation — referred to ... as a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table" — is a super fast tubular transport system with the ability to theoretically send someone from New York to L.A. in 30 minutes.

Utilizing vacuum-sealed tubes, six-person capsules could be propelled up to speeds of 4,000 miles per hour. All while only feeling the G-forces similar to a car ride.

Colorado-based company, ET3, is planning to build and test its own version of such a system, Yahoo reports, though they are calling it "Evacuated Tube Transport." ET3 will build a three-mile-long version to test by the end of 2013.

With prototypes already constructed, ET3's pioneering foray into Evacuated Tube Transportation could quickly move the new travel system from science fiction dream into a feasible reality.

ET3 has released a video detailing their system and how it will work, which you can watch below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51HbmuKhRbk&

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Cool stuff.
1 posted on 07/17/2013 5:32:54 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter
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To: Straight Vermonter

Everything old is new again! Can’t they come up with a new idea?


2 posted on 07/17/2013 5:34:48 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Oh, this again.


3 posted on 07/17/2013 5:36:51 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Straight Vermonter
I wonder what a raindrop feels like when hit at 4,000 mph, even when inside a vacuum tube?

-PJ

4 posted on 07/17/2013 5:38:41 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Kewel...but why would anyone want to go to either place?


5 posted on 07/17/2013 5:38:47 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Straight Vermonter

No way I’d do that.

But Scotty could beam me up.


6 posted on 07/17/2013 5:39:02 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds are diseased.)
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To: Straight Vermonter

yes please give me another fixed-path transport system. that the government can search me invasively like a prisoner on Oz before i get to use it.


7 posted on 07/17/2013 5:39:34 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Imagine the possibilities...from the Mile High Club to the 6,500 k/hr club.


8 posted on 07/17/2013 5:40:17 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Does it suck? or blow?


9 posted on 07/17/2013 5:40:26 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Zero carbon footprint.

But only for the special people.
Like the special people in the US Congress
who really belong on the Moon for all the useless
“good” they do while groveling to Communists
and al Qaeda as they destroy Freedom.


10 posted on 07/17/2013 5:40:40 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Straight Vermonter

I would LOVE to volunteer most members of this administration for the first few test runs.


11 posted on 07/17/2013 5:43:31 PM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: Straight Vermonter

12 posted on 07/17/2013 5:44:14 PM PDT by relictele (A community vigilant in enforcing economic, racial and social equality. It was called Jonestown.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
THIS

is a vacuum tube...

13 posted on 07/17/2013 5:45:19 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Straight Vermonter

I can envision a lot of bad things happening with this idea.

You go first . . .


14 posted on 07/17/2013 5:46:28 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (You hear it here first.)
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To: Diogenesis

Nothing has a “0” carbon footprint.


15 posted on 07/17/2013 5:48:15 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Probably feels like being shot with a .22-250 at point blank range.


16 posted on 07/17/2013 5:49:13 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Will the three-mile track be circular or straight?

Either way, 4000 mph around a mileish-diameter corner would result in quite a bit of radial g force, but probably less than accelerating and decelerating 0-4000mph-0 in a straight line.

Me, I like vacuum tubes in my stereo.


17 posted on 07/17/2013 5:49:26 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
speeds of 4,000 miles per hour

What could possibly go wrong?

18 posted on 07/17/2013 5:49:30 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Skiddle-arink a-dink, a-dink, Skiddle-arink a-doo . . .)
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To: Political Junkie Too

There would be no ‘drop’ in a vacuum.


19 posted on 07/17/2013 5:50:28 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: bigbob

Yep, when I first say the title of this article visions of 6AU6, 6HB6 and 12AU7’s came to mind ... guess I’m just aging myself. LOL!


20 posted on 07/17/2013 5:50:45 PM PDT by doc1019 (Get our troops the hell out of the ME)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Hmm...one-quarter the cost of a highway? I'd love to believe it, but the tolerances in one of these are going to be a lot closer than a highway. Nevertheless, if they build it I might try it.

It'll be for high-demand routes, though, like New York to LA or Washington DC to Hell.

21 posted on 07/17/2013 5:51:07 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: bigbob
It's a valve... /brit accent

/johnny

22 posted on 07/17/2013 5:52:29 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Very cool - this guy Elon Musk swings for the upper deck. He's leading the privatization of US space efforts and while I'm not a fan of electric cars in general, I have to admit that the Tesla S is no Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt.

Similarly, I'm no fan of new high-speed rail construction - but this will be no ordinary train. It'll be interesting to see how this develops.
23 posted on 07/17/2013 5:52:48 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Mastador1

They’ll replace the vacuum tubes with transistors...


24 posted on 07/17/2013 5:53:31 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: doc1019
Fond memories of getting hit by B+ or unregulated B+.
25 posted on 07/17/2013 5:54:39 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz......Nuff said.)
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To: doc1019

How about in post# 13? I am going with 6CA7 aka EL34.


26 posted on 07/17/2013 5:54:47 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Straight Vermonter

“cross between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table”

Must be private enterprise, else it would end up a bungee cord, a lyle gun and a hockey puck.


27 posted on 07/17/2013 5:55:02 PM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: Straight Vermonter

No Doubt.

Traveling in a vacuum - what could possibly go wrong??

8^)


28 posted on 07/17/2013 5:55:25 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Mastador1
Not that old.


29 posted on 07/17/2013 5:57:13 PM PDT by rightwingcrazy
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To: loungitude
I guess I read it wrong.

The vacuum tube is the tunnel that their capsule rides in. I see.

And somebody wants to build a 3,000 mile long one to get from New York to Los Angeles?

-PJ

30 posted on 07/17/2013 5:57:35 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Nepeta

“Kewel...but why would anyone want to go to either place?”

Yup. Transporting from sh*t city to sh*t central. Don’t give the illegals any ideas.


31 posted on 07/17/2013 5:57:44 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Straight Vermonter

Here’s another, longer version.


32 posted on 07/17/2013 5:59:01 PM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: Mastador1

Hey, Doc Savage had one of these back in the thirties.


33 posted on 07/17/2013 5:59:19 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: jonno

ROFLMAO!!! After the day I have had, I needed that.


34 posted on 07/17/2013 6:01:25 PM PDT by doc1019 (Get our troops the hell out of the ME)
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To: Straight Vermonter
...six-person capsules ...

Imagine the line to get in. How often could they launch one? $Billions spent to transport 6 people at a time from only one place to only one other place? This sounds like a good deal. For the government contractor selected to build it. It would suck for everyone else.

35 posted on 07/17/2013 6:03:30 PM PDT by tpmintx (Gun free zones are hunting preserves for unarmed people.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Utilizing vacuum-sealed tubes, six-person capsules could be propelled up to speeds of 4,000 miles per hour. All while only feeling the G-forces similar to a car ride.

Until that sudden stop.

36 posted on 07/17/2013 6:04:58 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
Similarly, I'm no fan of new high-speed rail construction - but this will be no ordinary train.

The difference is speed, not the means. If it saves a day's work each way, it's worth it for a lot of people.

One thing for sure, it would be the end of "flyover country." "Suck-under country" just doesn't sound the same.

37 posted on 07/17/2013 6:05:14 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party, advancing indentured constituency for 150 years.)
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To: Billthedrill

“It’ll be for high-demand routes, though, like New York to LA or Washington DC to Hell”

That right there is hilarious


38 posted on 07/17/2013 6:05:28 PM PDT by SpitfyrAce
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Heh heh... I think the distance would need to be more than just 3 miles to achieve such speeds with such gentle G-forces.


39 posted on 07/17/2013 6:06:14 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Scaled up Bank / Drive up Pharmacy technology.


40 posted on 07/17/2013 6:08:36 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Billthedrill
or Washington DC to Hell.

Shortest route on the whole system.

41 posted on 07/17/2013 6:14:02 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ('Si vis pacem, para bellum.')
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To: Straight Vermonter

maybe we could install one of these near the border that runs to the far southern side of Mexico, and put every illegal alien we catch on it :)


42 posted on 07/17/2013 6:15:19 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Diogenesis
Zero carbon footprint.
Plus, you get a free lunch.

Seriously, everyone knows nature abhors a vacuum. Consider a structure 3000 miles long that needs to be hermetically sealed except for the ends, which need to open up large enough to accommodate a six-passenger vehicle, then quickly snap closed to make a perfect seal ... constantly. Sound feasible?

Remember it's outside, exposed to sun, weather, seismic action, so it will need expansion joints, but it needs to be perfectly straight, or straight enough that you won't spill a drop of your wine zipping through at 4000 mph...

Sure, sounds like a great idea - very do-able. That Keystone Pipeline, though, that's a disaster waiting to happen.

43 posted on 07/17/2013 6:16:37 PM PDT by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: Straight Vermonter
All I want are good, inexpensive, reliable EL34's that will last longer than a year after being used at high volume for a few hours a day.

Just saying.

44 posted on 07/17/2013 6:16:47 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Political Junkie Too

A raindrop can’t exist in a vacuum. A chunk of ice maybe.


45 posted on 07/17/2013 6:17:21 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: Straight Vermonter

Where is my 6L6 or 12AX7 ?!


46 posted on 07/17/2013 6:21:57 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: bigbob

Yes and the most important are 12ax7, 12au7, el34 and
6l6. They transport from sweet to down right grunge.


47 posted on 07/17/2013 6:26:04 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: bigbob
When I first saw the post I thought, hot damn, I'll finally get my old hallicrafter fixed. I guess not.
48 posted on 07/17/2013 6:26:16 PM PDT by Tail Gunner John
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To: WorkingClassFilth

“I can envision a lot of bad things happening with this idea.”

Rapid loss of cabin pressure may have a bloating effect.


49 posted on 07/17/2013 6:28:04 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: Straight Vermonter

Super Conducting Super Speed Money Trap for Federal Dollars Ping!

Very small ping list.

I am the only one that remembers how much money and how many people were disrupted when some guy thought it would be cool to watch particles run into each other.


50 posted on 07/17/2013 6:28:29 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (dont worry about Mexico, put the fence around kalifornia.)
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