Levitating gas pipelines

aerial-pipeline

Great to see one of the arXiv’s most creative minds posting again today. Alexander Bolonkin–he of “In Outer Space without a Space Suit?” and “Floating Cities, Islands and States” fame–is back with another startling idea.

Methane is significantly lighter than air and so could be used to levitate the pipes it flows through. These aerial pipelines would then be abel to carry heavier than air goods such as oil, coal and even human passengers.

Bolonkin calculates that one projected aerial pipeline coudl carry 24 billion cubic meters of gas and tens of million tons of oil, water or other payload per year.

Why not?

Ref: arxiv.org/abs/0812.0588: A Cheap Levitating Gas/Load Pipeline

4 Responses to “Levitating gas pipelines”

  1. Phoenix says:

    abel ? coudl?

    ahaa scientists :P

  2. Daniel de Fran├ža MTd2 says:

    I thought General Physics was the place destined to what arxiv mods considered as trash bin. Anyway, these are interesting ideas, and this guy seems to be posting what I would call theoretical engineering.

  3. Tinfoil says:

    Since cows are known to produce large amounts of methane, could one fly given a large balloon and some pipes?

    For that matter, how many beans would one have to eat to … oh, never mind.

  4. A Fairfax says:

    “Since cows are known to produce large amounts of methane, could one fly given a large balloon and some pipes?”

    Assume a spherical cow…