(ORDO NEWS) — Researchers at Japan‘s Kyoto University are working with Kajima Construction on a plan to launch a high-speed train into space.
If Japanese technology is to be believed, what now seems like a sci-fi movie could become a reality. In the near future, people will be able to travel to different planets by train! Japan has outlined plans to send humans to Mars and the Moon.
Researchers at Japan’s Kyoto University, in collaboration with Kajima Construction, are working on a project that will bring the possibility of space travel closer. The researchers announced this last week at a press conference, according to the EurAsian Times.
The capsule will connect the Earth with the Moon and Mars
The interplanetary transport system of Japanese researchers is called “Hexatrack”. Hexatrack will maintain 1G gravity while traveling long distances to reduce the effects of prolonged exposure to low gravity.
The trains will also have hexagonal shaped capsules called “hexapods” with a moving device in the middle.
According to the proposal of Japanese researchers, a mini-capsule with a radius of 15 meters will connect the Earth and the Moon. To connect the Moon and Mars will require a capsule with a radius of 30 meters.
The capsule will use the electromagnetic technology used in maglev trains in Germany and China.
The station on the Moon will be called Lunar Station, and the train station on Mars will be called Mars Station. It will be located on the Martian moon Phobos.
The Earth Station will be called Terra Station and will be the successor space station to the International Space Station (ISS).
The space train, known as the Space Express, will operate on standard gauge.
Much of the space transportation system overlooks the importance of terrestrial natural capital. However, researchers at Kyoto University are planning to build a habitat that would recreate objects on Earth.
The researchers aim to build a champagne glass-shaped residential structure with artificial gravity, green spaces and water features, and public transportation. The structure is called “Glass”.
Researchers at the university are aiming to solve the problem of low gravity. The design will create an artificial Earth-like gravity by harnessing the centrifugal force caused by the rotation of the Moon and Mars in space.
According to the Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun, the project could take a century to become a reality. However, the researchers aim to create a simplified prototype version of Marsglass and Lunaglass by 2050.
According to Yosuke Yamashiki, director of the NRC Research Center for Manned Cosmology and the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies at Kyoto University, what Japan is preparing for space housing is critical to ensure the realization of human space colonization in the future.
Yosuke Yamashiki, Director of the Research Center for Manned Cosmology of the National Research Center and the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies at Kyoto University, says that “thanks to the discussions over the past few years, these three pillars that we propose this time are core technologies that are not in the development plans of other countries, and they are necessary to ensure the realization of human space colonization in the future,” he said.
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