You’ve probably heard of Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority’s plans for autonomous taxis, underwater trains, and even police jet packs, but very soon, they will have flying trains!
and not just one type but two completely different ones.
1. The SkyTran.
The SkyTran uses groundbreaking MagLev technology to literally make their transport pods fly.
SkyTran doesn’t use the same Maglev used in Chinese and Japanese trains, instead, it takes advantage of something called Lenz’s law.
A magnet will not stick to aluminium but if the magnet or the aluminium is in motion this will create small electric currents within the aluminium which in turn create their own magnetic field which interacts with the magnet.
The Skytran pod has Magnetic wings that run inside aluminium reaction rails when the magnetic wings begin to move electromagnetic eddies are formed on the aluminium, pushing the wings up, much as the air does on a traditional airplane.
Each pod will be able to reach speeds of over 240 kmph! although inner city travel will probably be restricted to 80 kmph.
The SkyTran system will cost around $13 million dollars a mile to build, making it over ten times cheaper than a subway system, but not only is it cheaper, it is also more flexible, SkyTran can have stations built into stadiums, university campuses, or even office and apartment blocks.
Users will be able to download the SkyTran app and order a pod to arrive at a certain station, this pod will then wait there until they arrive and open it with their own personalized QR code.
SkyTran has already built a testing facility site in Mexico and a test loop track is going to be built in Israel.
After testing has been completed successfully they will then build a network in Tel Aviv, Herzliya, and Netanya, SkyTran also has contracts to build a prototype in India, to study and implement a personal rapid transport system in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, and to develop a system in Dubai, that, instead of the individual one seater pods in the SkyTran system, incorporate Pods capable of carrying multiple passengers at once.
Akka technologies have come up with a solution to the problems of airport transportation and long turnaround times.
Nowadays, if you want to catch a flight,
you’ll probably have to get a cab, subway, bus, or train to the airport first,
or drive there, park miles away, and get a shuttle,
then you’ll cue to deposit your luggage,
then go through security,
then get to your gate and await boarding, and then do almost exactly the same when you arrive at your destination airport.
With Link&Fly all this will be a thing of the past.
You’ll be able to board the train in the city, at the airport car park, or at the airport itself,
Load your luggage and pass through security on the actual train,
and then the train will travel out to the runway and link up with its corresponding aircraft.
Upon arrival, it will disconnect from the aircraft and follow a similar route enabling commuters to travel from downtown Dubai to the middle of New York and avoid having to change vehicles, arrive at the airport hours before their flight, or wait to collect their luggage or pass through customs and security.
In addition to this, in the case of a mid-flight emergency, the Link&Fly train can be jettisoned from the aircraft and using parachutes and braking rockets be landed safely back on the ground.
Akka technologies recently completed a flight test of a 1:13 scale turbine jet drone to validate the flight physics of the full-sized aircraft, and while it is still unknown if and when we can expect the Link&Go to appear in our airports, Arra technologies have pitched to Boeing, Airbus, and Renault, and also received a lot of interest from potential customers in Asia.
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