convinced. I love it!
Show our Governor your working MagLev SkyTran
System and I'll help vote it in!
Aaaarrrrgghh! Ain't no
such animal - yet. It is still just a concept that makes a lot of
theoretical sense. It needs money to tear into it properly - a lot.
Why it hasn't happened yet
is mostly my fault. I detest paperwork and details. I can't see myself
applying for any government energy or innovation grants because of all the
bureaucratic crap that I would be stuck with. If they supplied paperwork
bozos along with the grants to take care of their required paperwork, it
might be more appealing. I guess I also don't want to deal with all their
other silly rules either. If I want to hire all black engineers (and I know
a bunch of dam good practical ones), to the exclusion of Hispanics, Women,
Polaks, etc. the government won't let me. I start reading the grant
application forms and rules and never finish - because I toss it all in the
garbage first in disgust. Basically, I'm selfish. I prefer to think and
create. I have plenty of other non-hassle projects I can be involved in to
feed my brain endorphins or whatever. I am definitely not the right kind of
personality to carry this project to fruition in the real world!
The alternative is my usual
private financing sources. It is all I know how to do! So far, everyone of
those smart, practical, money people realize what a political nightmare
getting something like this going could be. They don't want to spend their
money and end up dinking around for 10 years with politicians, whether or
not the technology is dumb or great. It would really be a shame if some
foreign country decides to tear into it and ends up exporting it to the USA
10 or 15 years downstream. Poof - goes that deficit again!
Maybe my hope is the World
Wide Web? I suspect a few young bright boys and girls will read this stuff
on the web and grow up and become a state Governor or some such. They will
know what to do!
In the meantime, young 30
year old, Peter Wokwicz, from Chicago, Illinois has become the standard
bearer of the project (even my SkyTran co-patentee,
Frank Baker, has pretty much dropped by the wayside for less frustrating
pursuits). Peter is a very unusual young man. He has a degree in Physics AND
a degree in Finance! Thus, he totally comprehends the awesome technical
implications of the SkyTran concept
and understands the reality of money needed for something of this
magnitude. Peter EMailed me after spending three months of research on
transportation systems. The SkyTran System
concept, to him, was the answer.
Young Wokwicz found the
basic info on THE WEB (Hah, I told you) on University of Washington's
Professor Jerry Schneider's huge site on all kinds of Advanced
Transportation Projects . Jerry has a whole section on PRT
- Personal Rapid Transit (none of which is "rapid" at all. The
PRT name comes from concepts that go back to the 70's when cruising at 35
MPH was considered quite "rapid" compared to existing 3 MPH People
Movers). The little bit of old stuff Jerry has on our concept is at People
THE NEED FOR A PURE SOLID STATE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
By now you can see we are absolutely insistent on a solid state
transportation system. This close to the new millennium, we feel it is
foolish to pursue anything with gears, wheels and tires that continuously
wear out and require never ending money for replacement, especially when the
proper MagLev technology seems within our grasp.
THE NEED FOR HIGH VOLUME MASS PRODUCTION
Our system will require many, many small light vehicles. This means
huge economies of scale in manufacturing mass production can eventually be
realized. The MagLev levitation; the forward propulsion; the braking; the
dynamic stability and damping; and exit lane and merging lane control must
be entirely within the capability of each vehicle since they will be running
around all over the grid independently just like private automobiles.
COSTS DICTATE THE NEED FOR PASSIVE TRACK WITH ACTIVE
We don’t feel we can use a powered track in conjunction with a
passive vehicle because:
1. the cost of miles and miles of such track would greatly exceed our
objectives and destroy the potential economic benefits; and
2. the multiplicity of vehicles going all over the future grid of
monorail track might be impossible to individually accelerate/decelerate
at will. Simply put, a working demo wherein the full length of the track
is loaded with computer controlled coils would immediately result in
skeptical treatment of our cost saving claims.