On 14 September, the Summit of Innovations in Logistics and Transport was held in Dubai. One of the participants of the event was a representative of the UST, Inc. Centre in Sharjah, who read the report «Looking Into the Sky ‒ the Future of Transport and Logistics». We share the summary of this speech.
‒ The innovative progress of mankind has slowed down. That happened for several reasons. First, the rivalry of the great powers has stopped. Countries are no longer investing in science to outperform their competitors. Secondly, new technologies often do not comply with outdated standards, which complicates the certification process.
‒ Existing modes of transport cannot solve the problems faced by humanity: high mortality on the roads, traffic jams, environmental damage and much more.
‒ A number of solutions to transport problems have been proposed by engineer Anatoli Unitsky. During his life, he has published hundreds of scientific papers, 20 monographs, registered more than 200 patents in his name and received 7 academic degrees.
‒ The most famous invention of Anatoli Unitsky is a system of suspended string transport. The technology is currently being tested at the UST, Inc. Testing and Certification Centre in Sharjah. A 400-metre test line has already been built there and two 2.4-km tracks are underway.
‒ There have also been developed solutions for the transportation of sea containers. With the help of string tracks, cargo will be automatically delivered from ships directly to terminals inland. That will reduce the traffic load on ordinary roads.
‒ A model of the SkyWay transport for long-distance trips with a speed of up to 500 km/h is at the final stage of development. The main advantages of this vehicle are environmental friendliness, safety and economy.
‒ The SkyWay transport is an important part of the linear cities concept. These are small settlements that are connected to each other by logistics and communications. Such cities are much more environmentally friendly and safer than modern megacities.
‒ In its turn, the linear city will be the basis for rocket-free space exploration with the help of the General Planetary Vehicle system. The technology will allow up to ten million tons of cargo to be put into orbit in a single lift.