HSR America Frequently Asked Questions
What us the solution/ technology we are proposing?
We are proposing a mode of transportation that is not a traditional train. It is a 100 passenger, single-car 'pod' system that travels safely at high speeds with zero emissions. In addition to passengers, each two-tiered HSR American Pod will feature a cargo space below the passenger salon for transport of parcel and cargo, thus providing an additional revenue source. HSR America Pods will glide silently, above the congestion of conventional transportation below.
HSR America will not interfere or be affected by freeway interchanges, utility wires and cables, train crossings, trees, or other surface obstacles. Wherever necessary, Pods can travel as low as 50 feet above the ground; the weather is not a problem. Each 100-foot Pod will travel autonomously, there is no need for a driver, a conductor, or attendants. because the entire system is monitored from HSR Americ Command Center; it will always depart on time and will always arrive on time. Along with affordability and easy access, on-time service of passengers and parcels with becoming the reputation keystone for HSR America Service.
The HSR America network will be computer-controlled, departure and arrival times cannot be altered. Human error is not possible because the network will be the safest mode of transportation in North America.
What is the technical insight that makes your solution/product possible?
Vic's 48 years of construction and project management experience had provided him the knowledge to make this project a reality. The system will have a high-speed rail in each direction suspended by concrete "T" pylons spaced 1/2 mile apart or closer. Glide-rail support (where needed) will be cable-stay or arch-bridge construction. A switching mechanism allows high-speed Pods to exit the high-speed glide-rail and enter a specific city center or suburban Portal. Portals will include airports, train stations, government buildings, large shopping centers, universities, and large employer complexes. Where people work and where they live can now be over 100 or even 200 miles apart! Understanding what transpires at an HSR Portal requires a detailed presentation.4A2DFF
What is your project's technology readiness level? (TRL)
The technology required for an HSR America Command Center to coordinate the Pod System is already available. These types of command and control centers are being used throughout the world. Command centers include NASA, US government drone facility, all space launch facilities, trains, subways, plans, and many thousands more throughout the world. Software for autonomous vehicles already exists and is off-the-shelf. This system will be coupled electronically to HSR Command Hub. Except for the drive engine, all autonomous vehicles are needed within the system are already being made for other purposes and will be reconfigured to our specific needs. No need to reinvent the wheel on this one.
What is the duration of effort to date (in months)?
Approximately 30 months, part-time. It required months of research and analysis to reach the conclusion that the HSR America Pod system is doable. 98% of the project will consist of architectural drawings, structural engineering, construction, manufacturing, route planning, programming, permits, etc. Nothing more than any other project that is funded and ready for construction. After confirming the project is viable, the construction is the easy part. The remaining 2% will require the work of engineers. These tasks are mechanical in nature and will not be hard to solve (e.g., High-speed track switch, analysis of deceleration lane and drive engine design.) We am confident the project can be accomplished.
What are similar projects tackling the same problem area?
There is nothing in the United States that is comparable to this system. Asia and Europe have been using bullet trains and maglev trains for decades with great success. The problem is that their systems are ground-based systems needing clear right of way. When roadway's cross the high-speed track, they must either go under or over the track. In addition, the precision of the high-speed track on the ground must be very high. These are very costly and expensive to the system. In route, trains must stop at city centers for offloading and boarding, this diminishes the high-speed advantages of these frequent stops. When the train arrives at its final destination is it often carrying in excess of 1000 passengers per train, all arriving at a transportation hub, not close to the passenger's destination. This model is like airports, which are not close to city centers and all air passenger are delivered to a terminal. Passengers then must decide what mode of transportation to take to get to their desired location
How is our approach different than others?
The elevated one-car Pod model will solve urban/suburban congestion, pollution, and housing affordability problems. When purchasing tickets there will be a greater choice of Portals to depart from and to your destination of choice. Each 100-foot pod will carry 100 passengers, fewer than airplanes and trains. Individual Pods can depart the high-speed rail and enter a city center Portal with the intent to deliver passengers and cargo closer to their destination.is 100 or 200 miles away there is no need for your high-speed Pod to stop. You will continue at 400 miles until you reach your destination. There will be a well thought out criteria for cities to be serviced by this system. Unlike airplanes, we can get you closer to your final place of work or where you live.
What are the primary risks to achieving success?
As with any large-scale project, getting approvals from the responsible government entities may be the biggest challenge. Most of the work is planning, design, engineering, construction, logistics, and many more challenges unrelated to technical issues. These would not be implemented at an early stage. Once the team is reassured that the project is viable, we will implement the easy part. Testing of my additional propulsion system can be done in-house, without a large expense to verify that the system works. We will not need full-scale prototype to test the alternative propulsion system.
Time to reach full-scale prototype (in years)?
Because I've invested a lot of time researching, analyzing, and working through the details, I believe we can accomplish the evaluation period anywhere from 6 to 9 months. This timeframe will require a team working on this full-time. At this time, the number of members is unknown and will require analyzing all the disciplines needed, finding the right people to tackle these tasks, and implementing a game plan and a time frame with benchmarks to reach our goal. The implementation of a full-scale prototype is dependent on the distance of the testbed track. If approval is given to begin testing, I believe that within one year we could assemble five miles of the test track. This is based on my years of large project construction experience; We believe this time frame is realistic. Our team consists of an expert in the engineering of electromagnetic propulsion systems, an Auto-Cad draftsman with 27 years of experience, a Solid Works draftsman that is also an expert in 3D and printing. We have printed a 3D working model. All share in the passion to be a part of making a difference for the betterment of our planet.
Is there anything else you think we should know at this point?
There is a great deal more than we can share with you regarding this system. These subjects are deep and intertwined into the system such as:
- No fossil fuel production
- No noise pollution
- Efficient baggage handling
- Convenient Portal docking stations
- Easy passenger load and unload
- Operates over all terrain and in all weather
- Efficient cargo load and unload
- Local, State, and perhaps Federal, the government contribution
- 10-minute turnaround for the drive system
- Profit Center: The current list I have compiled has reached 21 Profit/Revenue items
- Propulsion System: MagLev is my engine of choice. I will explain my alternate air bearing later.