The Future of Transport Revealed

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In the last 150 years transport has really evolved and latest plans announced by industry leaders show that this evolution shows no sign of slowing down.

From the horse and cart and the motor car to the jumbo jet and Virgin Galactic’s spaceships, what can we expect next in the transport world?

Here’s what Scott Podmore of News.com.au has to say about air travel:

“NASA has chosen Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing to create what airliners will look like in 2035, the brief being for a craft that is quieter, cheaper, more comfortable and more fuel efficient. NASA expects their designs to reveal a 70 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and operational costs.

The preliminary designs have already shown advances in the materials used and the design features, with engines looking likely to disappear from the wings in the future.”

virgin galacticSounds pretty exciting… What about trains? Any advances there?

“The era of spending days on a train to get from one side of a country to another is long gone, with more countries laying special tracks to get passengers between their major centres at 200-300km/h with minimal stops.

There are 48 territories including Australia talking about high-speed rail networks, but plenty are following through as evidence mounts as to its value to the consumer and the environment.”

That sounds good, but magnetic levitation trains are taking it to the next level:

“With the increasing confidence in the magnetic levitation train, already operating on small routes, train travel can become much faster. A Japanese JR-Maglev has clocked up 581km/h on a manned three-car run.”

Interesting stuff indeed! For more information on this, click here to read the full article.


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