Transonic Transportation

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Horizontal Connectivity - The Transonic MagBus

One of the main issues that has constantly plagued HSR, Light Rail, Air, and other forms of transportation is the 'Last Mile' problem. As is commonly defined, this is the conundrum that passengers face when they unboard from their preferred mode of travel only to find themselves still miles away from their final destination. While one could always rent a car, hail a cab, order an Uber, etc. Transonic has found it necessary to solve this problem with a new concept known as Horizontal Connectivity. In its purest form, Horizontal Connectivity is a means to connect people with their final destination in a manner that is cost effective, efficient, social, and convenient. Whereas most forms of streetcar or light rail require costly upgrades and utility relocation, Transonic's proposed Horizontal Connectivity by means of MagBus (Magnetically Levitating Bus) would have a material & labor cost of $420k per mile. In contrast, the recent 1.6 Mile St. Claude streetcar expansion in New Orleans cost the local government $25M/Mile

This significantly lower cost is achieved by taking advantage of groundbreaking advances in Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA), which only require that a 3/4" Plate is installed in existing pavement for the levitation system to interact with. 

All of a sudden, the once seemingly insurmountable task of installing light rail and streetcars for city-goers has become an achievable and affordable reality. By using our MagBus system in conjunction with our Hyperloop Infrastructure, Transonic will guarantee that passengers are afforded the luxury of knowing they can travel directly into town without having to find outside transportation. 

However, the greatest innovation is not how the MagBus works, but how it will impact. In a world where social media reigns supreme, self-driving cars are expected to be the norm, and suburban sprawl continues at unprecedented rates, we find ourselves increasingly living in isolation. Transonic's MagBus system would help create a social environment where passengers can choose to interact and socialize - a medium for which relationships of all types are formed and galvanized. Be it large cities, tech campuses, rural towns, or academic institutions, the positive effect that a socially conductive environment can have on a community is something which every ethically responsible mode of transportation should strive for. 

Thank You, Texas

Recently, Transonic was featured in the San Antonio Business Journal in an article written by Kristen Mosbrucker (btw, great work on the article Kristen). As previously stated, we've moved our main office to the San Antonio Entrepreneur Center (until our office on 9571 Kriewald Road is up and running) for the purpose of implementing our infrastructure in the State of Texas. And already, we've received such a warm reception from locals, the media, the startup community, and investors that we're almost finding it hard to believe. 

It's for that reason that we're wanting to write an open "Thank You Letter" to the State of Texas as a means of expressing our gratitude while also communicating our end-goals. 

First off, we just want to say that we couldn't be more excited to see our vision move towards a reality in your home state. We at Transonic honestly believe that Texas is one of the few states in the U.S. where a project of this magnitude can be carried out. Texans have a spirit about them that has helped move them forward in the last century to be one of the most prosperous states in the Union, and motivates them to continually strive for greatness. This is of course balanced with their sense of practicality and responsibility to ensure that their feet are always on the ground regardless of the heights they reach. 

It's that same spirit of innovation coupled with a sense of practicality that makes the Hyperloop such a great innovation. While we want to stress that there is still much work to be done before we can successfully transport commuters between San Antonio & Austin, our conversations with Civil & Transportation Engineers who have worked for decades under various private, state, and federal institutions have reassured us that a Texas Hyperloop in 10 years is a definite possibility. 

And it's in the implementation of our Hyperloop system where our end-goal lies. We like to describe Transonic as an infrastructure modernization firm, with the immediate goal of using pre-existing hardware to optimize the way we travel and transport freight. We believe that it is necessary to continue the U.S. tradition of pioneering innovative technology, and implement our hyperloop system for the advancement of Civil Engineering & reestablishment of the United States as a world leader in engineering innovation. Upon completion, the Texas Hyperloop will be considered among the great engineering marvels in the U.S. such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hoover Dam. 

A Texas Hyperloop will be considered among the great engineering marvels in the U.S. 

A Texas Hyperloop will be considered among the great engineering marvels in the U.S. 

And while other Hyperloop firms seem have lost faith in the American spirit of innovation, believing that they will need to partner with countries such as Russia to make the Hyperloop a reality, we at Transonic still have faith in our homeland and the Great State of Texas. 

 

Model S Series

Earlier this year, Transonic finished preliminary design of its 80-Passenger Prototype Model S-01. While this will not be our final design, it will be used as a 'jump-off' point for all subsequent passenger transport models. 

Model S-01 Mesh
Model S-01 Aeronautical Simulation

Model S-01 will be the first in the line of our Model S series, the name being derived from the latin name for the mermaid, a mythical creature who would lead seafarers to safety. Taking a cue from Hideki Anno's critically acclaimed science fiction series, Transonic's naming of it's Production & Prototype models will use a variation of the 'Name_Unit-##' designation as a nod to his work.

But what makes this model special is the aeronautical theory involved. Without going too much into detail, the basic concept uses a design that minimizes wave drag at speeds equal to or exceeding Mach 0.7, which makes for a more comfortable passenger experience. When modeled in an open-air environment at Mach 0.80 using Aerion Technologies' GoCart software, it's seen that a sonic cone doesn't form towards the middle of the system as theory dictates, but instead towards the rear. When operating in a low-pressure environment such as the Hyperloop's closed-loop system, it's very possible that a sonic cone may not develop. 

As Transonic moves forward towards DOT Approval and Prototype testing, we will be giving updates on our progress here, so be sure to check back for more Hyperloop news!