‘Startram’ magnetic space train could deliver four million people a year into orbit by 2032, say designers

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2113785/The-11-09-Venus-leaving-platform-9-Startram-magnetic-space-train-deliver-million-people-year-orbit-2030-say-designers.html

By Rob Waugh

PUBLISHED: 05:16 EST, 12 March 2012 | UPDATED: 06:02 EST, 12 March 2012

A proposed ‘space train’ could make travel beyond Earth’s atmosphere far cheaper – and allow four million people a year to travel to space in just 20 years time.

Startram – designed by by one of the inventors of the ‘magnetic levitation’ trains in use in countries such as China – would be a railway driven by superconducting cables suspended in the air by magnetic forces.

Trains would shoot to orbit in seconds in an 80-mile sealed tube – and the scientists behind the $60 billion proposal claim it could revolutionise industry, allowing for cheap space-based solar power and generating unimaginable wealth from mines on asteroids.

vThe proposed ‘Startram’ system would dramatically lower the costs of moving passengers and cargo into orbit – and could open up a new era where human beings harvested asteroids for industry

 

‘Startram is based on existing maglev technology and basic physics. A motivated nation could build a startram system capable of launching 300,000 tons of payload into orbit for less than $40/kg,’ say its creators.

The system would ‘shoot’ capsules into orbit, accelerating a sealed cargo capsule to a speed of five miles per second at 30G using high-powered electromagnets.

‘The resources of our own solar system are vast. The energy from the Sun hitting our small planet everyday is roughly 10,000 times our current energy needs. The raw materials locked up in asteroids and comets could support economic growth for millennia to come,’ say the scientists.

Its creators say that it would be the ‘next great step’ for human civilisation – and would provide a ‘safety net’ if life on Earth was threatened by wars or disaster.

‘A cargo-only version would cost on the order of $20 billion to build and could be completed within 10 years. A people-capable version could be built for $60 billion and be completed within 20 years,’ say its designers, physicists including Dr James Powell, the co-inventor of ‘maglev’ train systems.

Nasa scientists have looked into the technology and pronounced it feasible.

‘Human beings are at the dawn of a new age. Either we will become a true spacefaring people, or we will be trapped on a overcrowded, strife-ridden planet with ever-dwindling resources,’ say its creators.

The proposed 'terminal' for StarTram. The system would usher in a 'new age' for humanity, say its designers The proposed ‘terminal’ for StarTram. The system would usher in a ‘new age’ for humanity, say its designers

 

A worker looks at the world's first passenger train that uses magnets to propel it at speeds up to 270 mph, in Shanghai. One of the designers of 'maglev' trains is behind the proposed 'StarTram' system A worker looks at the world’s first passenger train that uses magnets to propel it at speeds up to 270 mph, in Shanghai. One of the designers of ‘maglev’ trains is behind the proposed ‘StarTram’ system

 

A Maglev train driving into terminal station in Shanghai, China: The underlying technology of StarTram would be similar, but on a 'railway' to the sky suspended by magnetic forces A Maglev train driving into terminal station in Shanghai, China: The underlying technology of StarTram would be similar, but on a ‘railway’ to the sky suspended by magnetic forces

The physisicsts warn, ‘Startram will necessarily be an international program, otherwise the potential for a expensive and dangerous arms race between nations is too great. Therefore, the  must come from you, the people. This is simply too important to leave up to individual nations and militaries.’
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  1. It’s so reassuring to see practical paths forward being outlined. Now can we leave the era of Bush/Blair money-grubbing imperialism and move on?

    • I doubt it. The Bush/ Blair money grubbing imperialism was followed by the current Obama/ Cameron era of money grubbing imperialism and it will continue to follow until there is a one world government with a one world economic system. The Manifest Destiny of the United States has been changed to include the whole world as the U.S. interests now include Global interests. This is evident through the spread of globalization, the increasing ties of the US economy to global markets, and also the spread of the US military across the globe ( http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=5564 ). Once the earth is under a one world government, then the money grubbing imperialism will attempt to spread out into space via Spacetram and other space travel vehichles and innovations.

      • During and immediately after the Second World War, the idea of the United Nations looked good. The US screwed it up almost immediately by keeping China out for a couple of decades. But the idea is still worth keeping alive, because when we’re scattered around in space there won’t be as much incentive to refrain from the use of nukes to settle disputes. That’s my suspicion, anyway. It’s not going to be pretty.

      • Well, in my opinion at face value the United Nations sounds like a noble idea, however in actuality the United Nations goal of world peace is far from reality. Since, the inception of the United Nations, the United States has been in the Korean War, the Vietnam War, has been in small military conflicts in South America, Africa, and Europe. Also, since 2001 the United States has been in the War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, and pretty soon the US will enter World War III versus Iran, Russia, and China. I believe that this will be the first war in which nukes will be used by opposing sides on multiple occasions which will have extremely detrimental effects on the earth’s environment and atmosphere as the radiation clouds spread and contaminate the earth. After the end of the war, if humanity is not plunged into the doomsday apocalypse as stated in the book of Revelation in the Bible, it would not be a surprise if the ideas of Space travel and tourism gains traction and also the ideas of space colonies. I however feel the Bible is right concerning the coming fall of humanity as the prophecies in the Bible has so far been right on detailing the events of the end times.

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