Revisiting A Forced Green Favorite
A year ago this week Forced Green posted an article on Unimodal System’s revolutionary SkyTran. Propelled along by magnetic levitation, the driverless 2 – 3 person vehicles are kept safe and secure on elevated guideways utilizing standard utility poles and universally available stock items. So, are we any closer to actually seeing the SkyTran in service? Well here’s a couple of items that will make you stand up and shout YES!
In September NASA officials signed an agreement with Unimodal to collaborate on the use of NASA developed control software and human factors techniques to evaluate acceleration, jerk and vibration of an advanced transportation vehicle system.
Per the agreement, Unimodal will contribute its SkyTran vehicle, currently located at NASA Ames Research Park, and its advanced transportation technology; NASA will provide its Plan Execution Interchange Language (PLEXIL) and Universal Executive (UE) software to control the vehicle.
Both organizations will mutually benefit. NASA will receive feedback on its software’s usefulness in ground-based propulsion systems, while Unimodal will develop a transportation system designed to eliminate traffic congestion, mitigate greenhouse gases and reduce dependence on foreign oil.
These vehicles will eventually travel up to 150 mph and move 14,000 people per hour, both locally and regionally. SkyTran will serve as a feeder system to other transit systems, such as BART and high-speed rail. And speaking of BART …
Loving it as …
…….. the green future unfolds!