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It takes approximately 8 hours and 15 minutes to get from London to New York by plane. If you choose to take a trip by ship, you'll spend almost a week in the ocean. But what about traveling a distance of 3,460 miles within an hour? Yup, a new type of transportation might appear in the world!

Futuristically fast trains that resemble transport capsules from sci-fi movies are supposed to move through low-pressure tunnels. Researchers from the USA and China are already working on this project. Some specialist are as optimistic as to predict the appearance of this new revolutionary type of transport in the next 10 years!

The idea of “vacuum trains” 1:33
How does it work theoretically 2:21
What could make this type of transportation even faster 3:41
How to create such a construction 4:26
Can you drill the ocean floor? 4:42
Or can you leave the tunnel floating in the water? 6:14
Or could the tunnel lie on the ocean floor? 7:21
How much could the tunnel cost? 8:00

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- American engineer Robert Goddard created several prototypes of a vacuum train that could connect the biggest American cities. Since then, a lot of designers have been working on the implementation of this idea.
- According to Ernst G. Frankel, shipping expert and professor emeritus from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, such a vacuum tube may give us the advantage of high speeds.
- There must be huge pumps, approximately 30 miles apart, to help keep a near vacuum in the tunnel. The air leak would happen through the end stations.
- However, there's something that could make this type of transportation even faster: the combination of the vacuum train with another technology, for example, magnetic levitation.
- If you went for the first option, you’d have to drill the rock of the ocean floor. But the Atlantic Ocean is incredibly deep, and its average depth reaches 12,000 ft. You can imagine how huge the water pressure is at the bottom!
- The other way to build the tunnel is to leave it floating in the water. On the positive side, you wouldn't have to dig through thousands of miles of hard rock. Thus, this would take much less time.
- There is an option of building a tunnel that would lie on the ocean floor. But this alternative doesn't eliminate all the problems of the tunnel construction such as huge water pressure, big depths, and the difference of these depths.
- Whatever method of tunnel construction we choose, the biggest problem remains unsolved: the incredible cost of the tunnel. The total sum needed to finish the construction of the tunnel could hit $12 trillion!

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