"No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness." Aristotle
No matter how far out this idea may sound, we can't deny its briliance. Imaginactive founder, Charles Bombardier, announced a concept for a space train that never stops. This technology would make space exploration ultimately fast, resulting in traveling to Mars to take only 2 days.
Imaginactive, a group out of Canada, has revealed its concept for a space train called the Solar Express (c) Youtube
Imaginactive's new concept is called Solar Express. It challenges the current time frame of space travelling, such as modern probes usually takes three to six months to reach Mars.
Charles Bombardier and his team designed a concept where the space train could travel at around 1% the speed of light, which is 3,000 km (1,864 miles) per second. The group's first step in completing the idea was to identify the factors that make space travelling expensive and inefficient.
“In space, the most expensive portions of travel are the acceleration and deceleration phases. 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,” he said on their website.
The concept reveals that Solar Express will remove the acceleration and deceleration phase of the space trains, thus resulting to a faster space voyage. Once it’s up there, the train will move back and forth in space containing cargo and passengers dock while still in motion.
Bombardier said in a statement
, “once the train reached its cruising speed, its energy consumption would be minimal. That’s the idea behind the Solar Express concept. It would never stop; instead, space wagons/capsules would rendezvous with it.”
Solar Express will partially rely on gravity to reduce the use of fuel. It will also harness solar energy and pick up water from celestial bodies, which can be used by people on board, and can also be turned into fuel.