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Old Aug 12, 2013, 07:27 PM   #51
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Seems the goal is SF to LA in 30 mins rather than LA to NY
That would still be a fairly impressive achievement. Even when you discount the time wasted going through check-in and airport security, a plane takes more than twice as long.
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What happens if it crashes - they're worried about oxygen deprivation. I'm more worried about cars crashing into each other at 700 mph
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What happens if it crashes - they're worried about oxygen deprivation. I'm more worried about cars crashing into each other at 700 mph
Remember that all motion is relative. The only way you could have a 700MPH crash is if one vehicle was traveling at a radically different speed from another. And the 30 second window between cars is plenty of time to slow down.

Now if somehow a vehicle did crash at that speed... well, if it makes you feel better the whole thing would be over in a fraction of a second.
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Seems the goal is SF to LA in 30 mins rather than LA to NY
I have a really hard time imaging coast to cost in 30 minutes. It sounds like science fiction. I think a hypersonic plane would take about that long according to [url=http://www.nydailynews.com/news/hypersonic-craft-takes-flight-lost-article-1.948550]this 2011 article which says 12 minutes. I'll believe it when I see it.
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Remember that all motion is relative. The only way you could have a 700MPH crash is if one vehicle was traveling at a radically different speed from another. And the 30 second window between cars is plenty of time to slow down.

Now if somehow a vehicle did crash at that speed... well, if it makes you feel better the whole thing would be over in a fraction of a second.
I'm just wondering about their control system. The Space Mountain analogy works - if one car stops, everything behind it has to stop or KABOOM!!!

700 mph is faster than some bullets.... imagine that tube breaks and you now have a bullet the size of a train headed toward one of those farms alongside the 5 freeway
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