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SkyTran One Year Later

Revisiting A Forced Green Favorite

378940main_skytran_226A 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!

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29 Responses to “SkyTran One Year Later”

  1. Project Savior Says:

    Wow, That is really, really cool

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Project Savior … It is ! And I am wishing that they would just go ahead and build one to show everyone that it is the right thing to do!!!! 🙂

  3. Lissof Says:

    Mo’ Better than a two dollar ride at the county fair, I’m onboard… Along with my renewable electric, locally sourced energy supply, this will make a visible difference in the pollutants in the sky. A much brighter future for all.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Lissof … Not only that but imagine getting there at 100 mph! That is blow your hair back speed! 😀

  5. Kirhat Says:

    But can NASA sustain the development of this amazing vehicle after plans are being initiated to cut the budget of the agency?

    Seek No More

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Kirhat … This agreement falls under NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP). There’s no money per se passing hands here. Working together, it is a win-win situation, NASA gets to real-time test their existing software and Unimodal gets to test their hardware, (the SkyTran vehicle) currently located at NASA Ames Research Park. Testing NASA’s s/w with their own, and figuring what works the best. NASA will receive valuable feedback and Unimodal gets to develop the next generation high-speed transportation system with the help of (the very definition of the term) rocket scientists.

    NASA has always known that it only exist at the favor of the American people. Programs like IPP is one way to ‘hand-shake’ with the private sector for the greater good of all. So, you can look at it as a great PR tool for NASA, and there is no way NASA can afford to have any funding cuts effect this relationship. If came down to it, other programs would have to take the hit.

  7. Apollo Says:

    SkyTran is a great idea, but the lack of funding may cut plenty of great projects. Almost everyone throws in great ideas but very few actually think about how to fund those projects. So many want to go green or alternative but have a fossil fuel approach to the capital side of the equation.
    .-= Apollo´s last blog ..Berkshire and a desperate move to join the S&P 500 =-.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Apollo … The only lack of funding is here in the US. Overseas, well that is another matter. They are very interested on getting this implemented.

  9. Barbara Says:

    Yes, this is great, and something we really need! But, I agree with what Kirhat said. Will the cuts to NASA affect this program?
    .-= Barbara´s last blog ..Relax With Barbara On Wednesday 61 =-.

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … See the comment to Kirhat. I do not believe that it is just a neat idea. It will be implemnted as soon as possible. There are other people standing in the way!

  11. fio @ Belajar Blog Says:

    it’s really awesome if this vehicle could be realism
    I always see this kind of vehicle in some futuristic movie.
    I hope it will come soon, I can’t wait to ride on it 🙂
    .-= fio @ Belajar Blog´s last blog ..Download Video Orang Gila =-.

  12. Linda Says:

    Hi fio … Well, you will have to take a number and stand in line behind me as I would love to be first in line to ride one of these babies! LOL!

  13. Peter Muller Says:

    Skytran is only one of many forms of PRT being developed. Visit to learn more about PRT – papers, pictures, videos , links, etc.

  14. Linda Says:

    Hi Peter … Welcome! Thanks for the info and come back again!

    Hi Diane … You are welcome! Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  15. Diane Scott Says:

    Thanks for the update on a great earlier post!
    .-= Diane Scott´s last blog ..How An All Inclusive System Grows Your Business =-.

  16. Theresa Cahill Says:

    Since Nevada and California stupidly mixed up their filings for the speed train between here and Anaheim maybe THIS is a solution! Could it be that I will live to see maybe not the hover car, but at least a good, sensible solution to transportation??? Hoping this dream that IS here becomes reality quickly!
    .-= Theresa Cahill´s last blog ..Too Personal? That Just Might Be Your Problem =-.

  17. Linda Says:

    Hi Theresa … Yep! It is here and could be coming to a neighborhood near you!

    Hi Lissof …. LOL! That’s what you get for riding in those convertible jets!

  18. Lissof Says:

    Sorry Linda, No hair on my head, highly Aerodynamic for max speed 🙂

  19. Nathan Rodriguez Says:

    Very interesting, never heard of something similar before, hope this can be put to operation soon.
    .-= Nathan Rodriguez´s last blog ..Chuteira Futebol Society =-.

  20. Linda Says:

    Hi nathan … I hope so too!

    Hi psyche … Me too! Will update as soon as I hear something. 🙂

  21. psyche Says:

    The Skytran certainly looks cool. i hope they can actually get this one implimented.
    .-= psyche´s last blog ..Hydra =-.

  22. Apollo Says:

    Hi Linda,

    yes, there is definitely interest in overseas markets as well as several private companies with elevated interest to push SkyTran. I think the idea is great. Thanks for this post as it gave me another idea…time to make some phone calls and get SkyTran out there…don’t you think? Talking about it is a great first step to get the message out there…now it is time to act…worst thing that can happens is you tried and failed.
    .-= Apollo´s last blog ..Berkshire and a desperate move to join the S&P 500 =-.

  23. Linda Says:

    Hi Apollo … That’s the SPIRIT! I like the energy you have and yes! I agree! 🙂

  24. Apollo Says:

    Thanks Linda 🙂 Spirit is needed if we desire change, and a painful transition required in order to achieve change. Those who want to bring change but avoid the pain and stress associated with it simply lack basic intelligence. Let me leave you this quote:

    ‘An entrepreneur is someone who dares to dream the dreams and is foolish enough to try to make those dreams come true’ (Vinod Khosla).

    In order to get green, entrepreneurs are needed with a fresh spirit and new ideas with the drive to realize those ideas without fear of failure.

    PS: I’ll add you to my blogroll 🙂
    .-= Apollo´s last blog ..Berkshire and a desperate move to join the S&P 500 =-.

  25. Linda Says:

    Hi Apollo … Thank you as I have added you to mine! 😀 Lately, all of us greenies are risk takers that without failure, nothing is accomplished. So, onward we go!

  26. Apollo Says:

    I am thinking of putting together an active think tank in order to gather new ideas for old problems. I think much more collaboration is needed, rather than lone warriors who try to get a message across.

    Would be nice to have someone with your engagement to be part of it, if I will be able to put one together. Let me know what you think.
    .-= Apollo´s last blog ..Virtual U.K. Portfolio =-.

  27. Linda Says:

    Hi Apollo … Sure! one is the loneliest number!

  28. Apollo Says:

    Great Linda, I’ll e-mail you with more details hopefully soon :).
    .-= Apollo´s last blog ..Virtual U.K. Portfolio =-.

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