On August 17 this year, the fourth EcoFest 2019 was held at EcoTechnoPark in Maryina Gorka (Republic of Belarus), the key event of which was the presentation of the latest achievements of SkyWay string transport technology. The demonstration was attended by over 5500 people from 50 countries of the world. Have you never heard of string transport before? Well, many technologies that turned the world upside down did not receive their well-deserved fame immediately.
SkyWay is a completely new technology for moving people and goods, developed by the Belarusian design engineer Anatoly Eduardovich Yunitskiy. Outwardly, it resembles a futuristic hybrid of a funicular and a monorail, but it differs significantly from these (and generally any) modes of transport. Its development became the work of Anatoly Eduardovich's life - and now its first fruits can already be tested in practice.
Creator of SkyWay technology - Anatoly Eduardovich Yunitskiy
But first, a few words about the SkyWay transport system itself. This is precisely a system that includes overhead ramps, passenger (and cargo) capsules, as well as an automatic control system for them. SkyWay capsules move above the ground along continuous rails or solid farms. Inside each rail is a bundle of strained metal strings that give the system its name. They transform the rail into a robust and flexible engineering structure that gives the capsules incredible speed and smoother movement. Overpasses, on the other hand, are a network of rail supports - they make it possible to easily lay SkyWay lines across any terrain, even in mountains, swamps or on permafrost.
On the basis of this technology, Anatoly Yunitskiy and the String Technologies company created by him have developed 11 different types of electric string transport, 4 of which are already certified, and 3 could be tested directly at EcoFest. These are Unicar, double-rail Unibus and a large 14-seater Unibus. Our reporter took a ride on them with pleasure and shared his main impressions: “The cabins inside are very quiet, you can easily talk without raising your voice. The movement is carried out quickly and imperceptibly - there is practically no vibration. Meanwhile, they can reach speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour. " By the way, 100 km / h for SkyWay unibuses is not the limit at all - just the size of the EcoTechnoPark demonstration track does not allow the capsules to be accelerated faster. At the same time, the fastest intercity unibuses will be able to move at a speed of 500 kilometers per hour, and ordinary ones - 150 km / h. With such a speed, the capsules will be able to move in the city, and without getting stuck in traffic jams, without stopping at traffic lights and without posing any threat to people. Another important component of the SkyWay system is responsible for this - an automated intelligent control system.
In the SkyWay network, all capsules continuously exchange information about their position, surrounding objects and general situation. All this information is processed by the control system in automatic mode - this completely eliminates the human factor (and this is a key source of errors and accidents) from the network operation. At the same time, the Unibuses themselves are able to recognize people and other objects and masterly avoid any collisions. They do not succumb to "tricks", they cannot be deceived, and their work cannot be interfered with from the outside. Even if you completely disable all the electronics of the capsule, it will simply stop and wait for the next cab, which will tow it to the nearest station. All this time, passengers will be under the reliable protection of the body of the transport module.
EcoFest 2019 was called to present all these developments and tell about their capabilities. The guests of the festival were able to personally test all the presented unibuses and in practice check the statements from advertising brochures. They all turned out to be pure truth. The capsules move quickly and almost silently. You can safely walk and drive under them. What's more, string lines meet such stringent environmental standards that agricultural plants can be grown right below them. This is an extremely important factor - after all, ordinary roads occupy almost 20% of the earth's surface, which could be used for more practical purposes. At the same time, the SkyWay overpasses themselves are also economical - capital costs for their construction are almost 15 times lower than those for laying metro lines, and operating costs for power supply and maintenance are 2-3 times lower than for any type of transport that exists today.
The advantages of SkyWay string transport have led to the fact that the development has already been appreciated in the most technologically advanced countries of the world. So, in May of this year, an agreement was signed in Dubai on the construction of the first SkyWay line in the United Arab Emirates. More than 800 experts in 15 design offices around the world work on improving the system every day. SkyWay is the transport of the future, which can change our lives forever. We will closely follow the progress of the project and will provide a detailed overview of this technology in the near future.