Story 2014-07-05 3Q0 Tel Aviv to have world's first MagLev

Tel Aviv to have world's first MagLev

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story imageEver wish you could be transported across town at 250 kilometers per hour via magnetic transport tech? Get your butt over to Tel Aviv, Israel, then. According to the guys over at PanicaTech, Israel is getting ready to build the world's first ultra-modern transport system. From the article:
Company SkyTran, based at the National Research Center NASA Ames in California (USA), is going to create in Tel Aviv, the world's first high-speed rail transportation system-Maglev. Each "composition" will be designed for two people. At the moment, together with engineers from SkyTran NASA engaged in manufacturing the necessary elements, structures and capsules, which will then be sent to Israel for further installation of the transport network.

Initially, before the end of 2015 it is planned to construct a circular branch length of only about 400 meters. To test. If all goes well, then Tel Aviv will become the first city in the world, which will be installed full futuristic public transport system Maglev.
[Ed. note: yes, but can you drink a coffee at that speed?]
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It's the acceleration... (Score: 2, Informative)

by on 2014-07-05 14:23 (#2BP)

It's not the speed that would make it hard to drink a cup of coffee on the train, it's the acceleration.

Re: It's the acceleration... (Score: 1)

by on 2014-07-05 15:17 (#2BT)

Good point. Also, the Israeli coffee. I think they are a culture that goes for those little black coffees that are so strong they actually rot out the bottom of your cup/stomach. This news site reads vaguely like a press release. Hoping this is really news and not just creative publicity, but I wouldlike a ride on that MagLev.

I thought MagLev... (Score: 1)

by on 2014-07-05 17:39 (#2BW)

...was that super-duper Mossad hand to hand unarmed combat technique?

Re: I thought MagLev... (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-07-05 19:23 (#2BY)

You're thinking of Cro Magnon. The movie Bruce Lee's son was working on when he died.

Original ? (Score: 2, Informative)

by on 2014-07-07 02:05 (#2C1)

There are already a few operating Maglev trains, and there was many tests in the past. This system is different because of its "individual" vehicles, not because of Maglev.

It was proposed to the city of Toulouse, France, a few month ago. The project did not look very serious, but well, let the israelians deal with the teething troubles, and see if this system can prove operational.