Charles Bombardier, engineer and innovative Canadian who for years worked in the aircraft manufacturer Bombardier unveiled its design of a concept of space train. Called “Solar Express”, the idea would be able to carry passengers and cargo between Earth and Mars traveling at a 3000 km per second -. And this trip would last less than two days
This rate is 1% of the speed of light, and the train would use the force of gravity as a kind of slingshot to propel the movement. “In space, the most expensive travel parts are the phases of acceleration and deceleration,” Bombardier said. “The energy required for those portions are huge, especially for something as heavy as a train space. Also, if you were to start carrying cargo, soon become too expensive. ” Innovative also explained that “once the train reaches its cruising speed, power consumption would be minimal. That’s the idea behind the concept Solar Express, which would never stop [de se movimentar pelo espaço]. Wagons and capsules would meet him, “he said.
That’s right: once in space, the train would continue traveling forever, and to reach a destination like Mars, for example, would be enough to send cargo or team in a space capsule against the train in space. Solar Express would consist of a series of aligned cylinders with about 50 meters long. For starters, the train would use space rocket, reserving a small amount of it for later. Following the train would use gravity to hold a slingshot move around celestial bodies (such as other planets and natural satellites), which would boost the speed of movement without the need to spend more fuel.
“huge solar panels located along the train route could be used to capture solar energy and transfer it by laser to train supercapacitors. The water taken from comets or small moons would be used for humans who are on the train, “Bombardier envisioned when detailing your project that more seems to have come out of science fiction scripts.
Nevertheless, the Canadian is not exactly a dreamer and is touting his project to attract new scientists, engineers and other professionals of interest to try to figure out how something like this could be built for real. “Obviously, there is much to be considered, starting with size, mass, speed, power, etc. How do you manage such a complex vehicle? Solar Express is a basic idea and would like to know how to improve it. “
A trip between the Earth and the Moon would take only 2.13 minutes to be carried out using Solar Express, while the path from here to Mars would take about 37 hours. From our planet to the Sun it would take only 14 hours, and from here to Venus would spend just over 24 hours to arrive. Already who want to travel to Neptune – the farthest planet from the Sun – would take about 18 days. With current technology, used by NASA, we took us 12 years to reach Neptune on a one-way trip, while probably the team that will begin the colonization of Mars will take 260 days to reach their destination.