ET3 Consortium Says Evacuated Tube Transport Could Get People From New York to Beijing in Two Hours
Posted on April 26, 2012
The ET3 consortium is pushing for the development of Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) technology. The technology involves sending car-sized capsules (containing people and/or cargo) through a 5-foot diameter vacuum tube on frictionless maglev tracks. Life-support would need to be provided for people riding in the capsules.
ET3 says speed in initial ET3 systems is 600km/h (370 mph) for in state trips, but they say it could be developed to 6,500 km/h (4,000 mph) for international travel. This would allow passenger or cargo to travel from New York City to Beijing in 2 hours or New York City to L.A. in 45 minutes. The ET3 consortium also says the technology is very cheap compared to other means of transportation. You can read a faq here.
ET3.com has reportedly sold 60 licenses for the technology in five countries so far. Here is an animation of the technology: