The solar express is a new concept of space travel which could transport people and material to Mars in hardly anytime at all. This astonishing space train could travel at high speeds without stopping meaning that it might never slow down.
“It would run non-stop, so smaller vessels would need to catch the train when it passed by,” the trains creators told DailyMail Online.
“In space, the most expensive portions of travel are the acceleration and deceleration phases,” said Charles Bombardier of Imaginactive, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire future generations to create the future of mobility. Mr Bombardier continued, “The energy required for those portions is tremendous, especially for something as heavy as a space train. In addition, if you were to start hauling cargo, it would become very expensive.”
The Solar Express consists of a series of aligned cylinders, with each measuring at least 50 meters. The train would have six cylinders placed in a straight line which would then be divided into four cargo bays and could be interchanged during the flight thanks to the maintenance robots. The train would then be set in motion by propellers, and then, thanks to stored fuel, adjustments could be made once the train is launched. “However, once the train has reached its cruising speed, its energy consumption would be minimal,” explained Mr Bombardier.
The train would use the force of gravity to pass between planets and moon with it’s speed fixed at 1% of the speed of light, around 3000 km per/second. In addition to this, immense solar panels fixed on to the train could be used to capture solar energy which is the transferred by supercapacitor lasers.
Humans on board the train could use water taken from comets or small moons which would then be transported to other stations. Other spacecrafts could travel from other planets, moons and asteroids to the train. However they would need to reach the same speed as the train to be able to land.
The Solar Express would be used to transport materials, minerals, vessels and even people living in gravity sections. A large “space city” would revolve around the circuit of the train and artificial gravity would be provided inside so that humans can walk and live there during the long months of travel.
Several different itineraries have been discusses with varying prices. Here are some of the journeys the train could make. Earth to the Moon (384,472.28 km) in 2.13 minutes, Earth to Venus (261 millions km) in 24.17 hour and Earth to Mars (401 millions km) in 37.13 hours. “As you can imagine, the cost per ton is important, much like parcel shipping services. Some Solar Express trains could be used to make large loops (between distant planets), while others would be assigned shorter routes and their speed will vary.”