Imagine Living in New Yorkand working in London, with a commute time between the cities of less than an hour. A 3,100-mile-long transatlantic tunnel is the theoretical floating tunnel which would span the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe.
As envisioned by Frankel and Frank Davidson, a former MIT researcher and early member of the first formal English Channel Tunnel study group Neutrally buoyant vacuum tunnel submerged 150 to 300 feet beneath the Atlantic’s surface and anchored to the seafloor, through which zips a magnetically levitated train at up to 4,000 mph.
This 4,000-mph magnetically levitated train could allow you to have lunch in Manhattan and still get to London in time for the theater, despite the 5-hour time difference.
It’s not impossible:
Norwayhas studied neutrally buoyant tunnels (concluding that they’re feasible, though expensive), andShanghai is running maglev trains to its airport.But supersonic speeds require another critical step: eliminating the air—and therefore air friction—from the train’s path. A vacuum would also save the tunnel from the destructive effects of a sonic boom, which, unchecked, could potentially rip the tunnel apart.
The idea is as wondrous as it is audacious: Get on a train at New York City’s Penn Station and hit Paris, London or Brussels just an hour later. “From an engineering point of view there are no serious stumbling blocks,” says Ernst Frankel, retired professor of ocean engineering at MIT.Davidson muses saying. “A transatlantic tunnel will be done. We just have to be as interested in it as we are in getting to the Moon.”(SEE VIDEO)