CEO Nam Kim Unveils “Skytrack” — The Transportation of Tomorrow?

By Spencer Hulse Spencer Hulse has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on March 1, 2024

“For many years, I have envisioned a new form of transportation that is eco-friendly, efficient, and fast,” said inventor and CEO Nam Kim. This vision led Kim to develop Skytrack, an innovative concept that aims to transform travel as we know it.

Skytrack combines aspects of rail and aviation to create a carbon-free system capable of transporting 100 passengers at speeds competing with commercial aircraft. The system involves electric planes powered by solar-generated electricity. The planes travel attached to highspeed trains below that provide continuous power, allowing them to achieve velocities rivaling today’s jets.

Integrating Infrastructure and Overcoming Technological Hurdles

Because planes connect directly to the trains, eliminating the need for runways for takeoff and landing, stations are strategically located just outside major cities. This direct transfer not only simplifies the infrastructure but also enables autonomous control, with the potential for trains to guide planes via autopilot, further easing operations and enhancing safety.

However, realizing this innovative vision requires overcoming complex technical barriers. These challenges include ensuring automated control systems are reliable, making the system resilient to weather variations, and developing fail-safe backup systems for unforeseen events. Nam Kim believes that if key aspects such as precise landing, seamless connection between planes and trains, and efficient energy transfer can be successfully developed, Skytrack could emerge as a leading global technology.

Indeed, the concept cleverly leverages existing technologies like solar power and electric propulsion in new ways. While experts see promise, some remain skeptical about real-world feasibility.

Nonetheless, Kim is optimistic that the US can lead in this arena. “If we can successfully develop [key systems], this will be a leading technology, and the US can export this system globally,” he stated.

The Future of Travel?

So, does Skytrack represent the future of travel? With test models still pending, only time will tell. Yet the concept checks important boxes around speed, sustainability, and passenger experience that could disrupt the status quo.

If realized, Skytrack would provide an alternative for regional trips that is faster, cheaper, and easier than air travel, all while reducing environmental impact. And it would establish American innovation in a budding industry with tremendous upside potential.

The possibilities are as boundless as the vision behind this unique concept. Over the next decade, don’t be surprised if technologies like Skytrack change how we get from A to B. The transportation revolution may just be waiting down the runway.

By Spencer Hulse Spencer Hulse has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Spencer Hulse is the Editorial Director at Grit Daily. He is responsible for overseeing other editors and writers, day-to-day operations, and covering breaking news.

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