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New tool predicts when you’ll be travelling into space by elevator

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Space elevator

In just three decades time, you could be travelling into space in an elevator guided by a 60,000-mile cable.

You will, according to a new online tool, depart from the equator in an enclosure, before travelling a quarter of the way to the moon.

Does this sound like something from Roald Dahl’s world of pure imagination? Not according to a leading distributor of electronics and maintenance products.

Its interactive tool allows you to input your age to reveal what the future of transport has in store for you. 

If RS Components’ tool is anything to go by, conventional cars are so yesterday.

Elon Musk’s six-mile vacuum tunnel could arrive as early as next year. Hyperloop aims to transport people underground in high-speed pods, reaching speeds of up to 700 mph.

Future monorail

Five years later, you could be travelling to work by SkyTran, a self-driving monorail designed to to hover 20ft above roads. Commuters could travel up to 150 mph using only the amount of energy it takes to power a pair of hairdryers.

There are SkyTran test tracks in California and Tel Aviv, with another full-scale facility under construction in Texas.

By 2035, there’s a chance you could be flying on hypersonic planes travelling at five times the speed of sound. Flying from London, you could be in Sydney in 4.5 hours, which is faster than some people’s daily commute.

The Roald Dahl-style elevator is expected to arrive in 2050, by which time some of us will be as mobile as Charlie Bucket’s grandfather.

Hypersonic planes and self-driving bicycles

Hypersonic aircraft

Futurist Dr Ian Pearson said: “Development is currently underway on hypersonic planes – ones that travel faster than five times the speed of sound.

”Although initially aimed at the military, civil versions will eventually come and London to Sydney could become a 4.5 hour journey.”

Dr Pearson’s website makes for some very interesting reading. For example, the good doctor sees a future for self-driving bicycles.

On the subject, he said: “Self-driving bikes would be good for lazy riders who don’t even want the effort of steering, but their auto-routing capability would also help any rider who simply wants navigation service, and presumably some riders with disabilities that make balancing difficult, and of course the propulsion is potentially welcome for any cyclist who doesn’t want to arrive sweaty or who is tiring of a long hill.

”Best of all, the bikes could find their own way to a bike park when not needed, balancing the numbers of available bikes according to local demand at any time.“

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