damper on the gravity train
The biggest technical hurdle would be in creating suchmassive tunnels
in the first place.
A hole with a ten foo
t radius which passed through the Earth‘s
center would displace over twelve billion cubic feet of rock
, all of
which would need to be hauledaway
The Earth‘s mantle and core writhe with extreme pressure and heat,
so any tunnel would have to be lined with a protective shield to keep it intact
no currentlyknown materials can even withstand the hostile environment
let alone insulate the tunnel from the intense heat. Due to these extremetemperatures,
the trip may never be survivable by humans
The technology would be extremely useful for rapid,unmanned cargo delivery
a massive global dumbwaiter.
Those who find sport in reflecting on such wild ideas have suggested that
The tunnel could be evacuated of air toeliminate wind resistance,
though such a feat would prove almost as challenging as the drilling itself
Some have also postulated thatsuch a train could be magnetically levitated to eliminate friction in situations where t
he tunnel does not pass through the Earth’s center; though if
electromagnets were used, the amount of energy consumed by the apparatus would rise drastically. A more viable location for the gravity train wouldbe on planets such as the moon, which are not troubled by an atmosphere, plate tectonics, and magma. The concept would be the same, though aplanet with a density different from that of Earth would also have a different standard trip length.
Though the Gravity Express mayseem
or at best
it is appealing to
consider the possibility of extremely rapidtransit
across the planet
with very little expenditure of energy per trip.
the creation and reinforcement ofsuch tunnels is well beyond the reach of our current technology, but
The future is full of surprises.
Modern technology hassufficient momentum that it
carry us through to the other side of the problem, provided that we can reduce creativefriction by opening our minds.