April 21, 2016
skyTran® Inc., headquartered at NASA Research Park, and the developer of the patented, high-speed, elevated, energy-efficient skyTran Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) and Cargo Rapid Transit (CRT) systems, announced the successful launch and operation of its Technology Demonstration System at Israel Aerospace Industries.
The TDS includes the skyTran® vehicle chassis and shows all of the skyTran® system components that are required for full-scale commercial operation: Propulsion, Levitation, and Switching.
The TDS is a complex, steel testing structure that is affectionately referred to as an “ugly duckling” by the skyTran® engineering team. Building such a utilitarian test apparatus is an important step forward toward the construction of the final light weight, sleek, elevated skyTran® guide ways worldwide.
The Technology Demonstration System enables continuous testing, monitoring, and improvement of the skyTran® technology in a controlled environment.
skyTran® consists of a network of computer-controlled, 2 and 4-person space-age vehicles and/or cargo pods employing state-of-the-art skyTran® MagLev (STML™) technology.
skyTran® systems will transport both passengers and cargo in a fast, safe, green, and economical manner.
skyTran® has now begun construction of its first “look-like” system. Constructed of gleaming stainless steel poles and maglev rails deploying space-age, “jet-like” vehicles.
skyTran® intends to revolutionize public transportation and the moving of light cargo within urban and suburban communities.
With the unveiling of the skyTran® TDS, CEO Jerry Sanders remarked,
“With the full scale demonstration of our skyTran® technology, we are poised to launch commercial systems worldwide. skyTran® will help eliminate the two-pronged bane of congestion and pollution that impacts our world. We will show the world a better way to move fast, efficient, and green.”
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif.,
Sept. 9, 2015
skyTran™ Inc., a NASA Space Act company headquartered at the NASA Ames Research Center, announced the closing of its Series A investment by Innovation Endeavors, Eric Schmidt's leading Silicon Valley venture firm. skyTran™ Inc. will use this round of funding to expedite the global roll-out of the skyTran™ technology. With its NASA relationship, skyTran™ Inc. has access to a wide range of cutting-edge technologies and capabilities. It is able to combine NASA expertise, assets, and information with its own core competencies.
skyTran™ is a patented, high-speed, low-cost, elevated Personal Rapid Transportation (PRT) system. The skyTran™ network of computer-controlled, 2-person vehicles, employ unique, state-of-the-art, skyTran™ Magnetic Levitation (STML) technology. skyTran™ moves passengers, freight, parcel. etc. in a fast, safe, sustainable, and economical manner. When you are ready to travel, you use your computer or smartphone to call up a vehicle. You then pick a convenient skyTran™ station to meet the vehicle, 24/7, rain or shine. skyTran™ micro rail stations can be installed quickly and conveniently wherever needed, with minimal interruption to the neighborhood and can even be placed inside buildings. Your select vehicle will arrive and speed you directly to your destination. Unlike planes, trains, buses, light rail and subways, there are no predetermined routes or schedules. skyTran™ vehicles are cost-effective for both a single occupancy, which accounts for 75% of US commuters, or for those wishing to travel with a partner. For larger groups desiring to commute to their destination together, multiple skyTran™ vehicles can zip along in a computer-linked caravan.
Roadway/Highway construction and maintenance costs are more than Ten (10) times more expensive per mile than the skyTran™ micro system which can be installed alongside existing roadways, railways, sidewalks and bike-ways with minimal interruption to communities, businesses, and property. skyTran’s modular micro rails and supports can be installed quickly and easily. The vehicles are lightweight, streamlined, and inexpensive to mass-produce.