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See the 7 Wonders in 2 days - Travel at the speed of HIKARI

This presentation provides a comparison between regular aircrafts and High Speed Travel (HST). It is designed for the purposes of the European Research project HIKARI (http://www.hikari-project.eu) and explores a promising new reality.


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Transcript of See the 7 Wonders in 2 days - Travel at the speed of HIKARI

How long does it take to travel around the world?
How long to see the
7 Wonders?
Say we are starting...
Tokyo, Japan.
How long does it take to travel around the world?
Say we are starting...
Set your clock at
and your calendar at
Saturday, December 30, 2030

Ready... Steady...Go!
Your first stop is pretty close...
Just 3 hrs and 50 minutes away...
Let's calculate the time difference and you are at...
The Great Wall, Beijing, China
Local time is
...not bad, however...
High Speed Travel would get you here 4 times faster.

That would only require a 1 hour flight, meaning that you arrive at the same time you left!

Way to go Astral Projection!
Let's head out to..
Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Do you recall leaving China at 14:50?
After a 11 & 1/2 hour flight, it is now
in Italy!

Have a gelato and explore Rome by night
Remember the HST scenario?
That would get you here in just 3 hours!

It is only
enjoy your espresso!
You have plenty of time ahead of you...
Finished your coffee?

Let's head out for another special place..
Petra, Ma'an Governorate, Jordan
Let's pull our pencils out and do our maths again!

Traveling with conventional flight would get you here in 3 hours.

Plus the time difference, this is a late arrival for you.

Local time:
00:10, 31/12/2030

Should we call it a night?
HST? HST gets you here in <1 hour.

Counting the time difference, you arrive at
10:30... yesterday :)

Let's have some breakfast, shall we?
OK, enough safe play.Let's head out to the sea...Far across the Atlantic
Machu Picchu, Peru
Time difference allows you to have a lot of the day ahead of you - it is
08:40, December 31st.Happy sightseeing!
HST gets you here in 4 hours - hard to believe, right?

Based on the time difference, you are here 4 hours earlier than your departure time!

It is 06:30, still Friday 30/12.

Don't miss the beautiful dawn above Machu Picchu
And since we came all the way to Latin America, we must go and see...
Christ the Redeemer, Rio De Janeiro
So, traveling with regular airlines, you get here in
4 & 1/2 hours
.Let's also add a 2 hours time difference, it is now15:
10 local time, R

Not bad, however...
Your HST flight gets here in 1 hour.
Meaning that it is only

And it is still the same day you started from Japan: Friday, December 30.

Are you ready to call it a day already, or should we head for...
Chicken Itza, Yucatán, Mexico
Traveling with scenario 1 gets you here from Rio
in 9 hours & 30 minutes.

Starting at 15:10 minus the 2 hours time difference, you arrive at
local time Mexico.

Let's start getting dressed for New Year's.
Your other option gets you here in 2 hours & 15 minutes.
Your watch reads

If you have adjusted it to your local time, that is.
One last stop - an Honorary destination
Great Pyramid of Giza, Cairo, Egypt
Your first scenario gets you here in 16 hours.
Wise choice to make a stop on the way home and stretch our feet!

It is
, January 1st, 2031.

Happy New Year!
Your HST flight lasts 4 hours.
Based on the time difference, it is
on December 30.

Enjoy the night sky above Giza
Hang on! I think we are forgetting something important...

Oh, yes, that's right..
Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
You left Egypt on 01/01 at 21:40.
After a 6 & 1/2 hour flight, you arrive in India.

Local time is

07:40, January 2nd.
Your HST flight, however, arrives in India in less than 2 hours.

It is just
, on New Year's Eve.
OK, NOW we are going home
Home sweet home...
Let's see..
The first scenario, leads you here after an 8 hour flight. Let's add the time difference, it is now

, January 2nd.

Go and get a good night's sleep - working day tomorrow!
HST gets you here in just 2 hours.

It is
, December 31st.

Just enough time to rest for New Year's Eve!
So there you have it...
Around the world and in time for New Year's!
Nothing is impossible
We still have some way to go in order for the HST scenario be true.

But we are moving in that direction...
Our neighborhoods are growing
Let's explore it all!
Just a few years and we will be able to
Travel at the speed of HIKARI
The HIKARI Project
This research is being funded by the
European Commission (Grant Agreement no.313987)
, the
METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
and other concerned Japanese authorities under the
7th Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development

Experts from both Europe and Japan are working on this
Conventional flight gets you in 16 hours and 30 minutes!
Now that's a jet lag!!
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