High-speed transport

The complex comprises:

  1. Rolling stock.
  2. Track infrastructure.
  3. Safety and complex control system.

The rolling stock – unibus – an automated self-propelled module on steel wheels of mounted type is designed for operation solely on the infrastructure of the SkyWay complex and provides for the transportation of people. The motion drive of the unibus is electromechanical, with the supply of power from contact catenary and/or battery packs.

 Track infrastructure is designed to service the users of the SkyWay complex. It is a pre-stressed continuous bearing rail-string structure mounted on supports above the ground at the projected height according to customer requirements, and stations (logistics terminals).

 The safety and complex control system is designed for automatic control of rolling stock, automated control of the power supply system, collection, storage, analysis of data on component parts of the complex and development of control and corrective actions to ensure safe operation mode of component parts and the complex as a whole.

Sphere of application:

High-speed transportation of passengers:

  1. between cities;
  2. between regions;
  3. between countries;
  4. between continents.

Key features:

  1. Speed — up to 500 km per hour.
  1. Capacity of rolling module — up to 6 persons.
  2. Capacity of rolling stock — up to 60 persons.
  3. Track gradient — up to 15%, with a special design — up to 30%.
  4. Transportation distance — up to 10,000 km.
  5. The volume of high-speed intercity transportations — up to 1 million passengers per day.
  6. Cost of high-speed route, excluding the cost of rolling stock, passenger stations and infrastructure — from USD 3 million per km.
  7. Net cost of high-speed traffic — 5 times lower than the net cost of high-speed railway transportation, magnetic levitation trains and aircraft.

Competitive advantages:


1.  Decrease of capital expenditure for construction due to:

  • significant decrease in acquisition of land required for the track and infrastructure;
  • exception of earth embankments, excavations, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, multi-level interchanges and culverts;
  • exception of fencing of linear part of the high-speed route;
  • keeping the cost of rail-string overpass unchanged irrespectively of the type of terrain, strength of underlying soils and complexity of geographical and climatic conditions;
  • decrease by the order of resource intensity for a string-rail overpass compared to conventional transport flyovers with solid roadbed.

2. Reduction of operating costs:

  • by reducing the consumption of energy;
  • by reducing expenses for operating personnel and their wages;
  • by reducing the volume of track maintenance and repair work;
  • by avoiding the necessity to clean the track structure of ice and snow in winter period.

3. Reduction of the net cost of high-speed traffic by three or more times.

4. Possibility of development and land settlement on new territories in hard-to-reach places, comfortable to live in, — islands, mountains, sea shelf, etc.

5. Possibility of combining the track structure and its supports with cable power lines and communication lines — wire, radio relay, cellular.

Environmental friendliness

  1. Low resource consumption and low expenditures at all stages of the life cycle of the high-speed transport system.
  2. High-speed track does not violate terrain, biogeocenose and biodiversity neighborhood.
  3. The route does not destroy neighbouring fertile soil and vegetation growing on it (fauna and flora).
  4. The track does not prevent:
    • movement of ground and surface waters;
    • movement of people, domestic and wild animals;
    • operation of agricultural, constructional and special machinery.

Reliability and safety

  1. Availability of anti-derailment device on the high-speed rolling stock.
  2. Ten-fold margin of safety of bearing string elements in the transport overpass.
  3. Stability to ice, glaciation, snowdrifts and dust storms.
  4. Reliable operation at extreme air temperatures.
  5. High stability to vandalism and terrorist acts.
  6. Stability to natural disasters (with special design):
    • earthquakes of magnitude up to 10 points on the Richter scale;
    • floods and river overflows with water depth up to 10 meters and more;
    • hurricane wind with speed up to 250 km per hour;
    • tsunami with wave height up to 20 meters.
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