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A journey through technology and space

By In News On January 5, 2016


In recent years, individual countries have been losing culture incrementally and falling behind the world technologically. Nowhere is this trend more apparent than in Africa, where every realm of society can be found. From the exceptionally advanced to the fascinatingly primitive, Africa is very diverse. As a result, some countries have citizens who are forced to remain in their countries and have no choice in the matter. Other countries lose their people quickly as jobs continue to dry up. But there are solutions!

Technology fixes as many problems as it creates. Consider a road. According to global standards, truly efficient infrastructures are able to offer the entire population a road that is within two kilometers of any given citizen. The road is to be seasonal throughout the year, if global benchmarks are to be met. But in the country of Cote d’lvoire alone, that would require the pavement of 400,000 kilometers. European estimates put the cost of such a road at US$1.1 million per kilometer, per lane. That’s $440 billion dollars in U.S. currency, and maintenance costs aren’t even factored in. So though a road is an exceptional economic, technological benefit, allowing for increased infrastructure and development, the cost of such a thing is the kind to bankrupt entire nations—it just isn’t feasible. But that’s where technology flips the coin and fixes the problem.

For the last 12 years, a device called the TU523 has been in development. It’s a boxy freight aircraft with advanced vertical take-off and landing capabilities that allow the craft to transcend the need of a runway. The TU523 is designed to lift shipping containers up to 30 tons in weight, and deliver them to diverse locations all across countries that don’t have existing infrastructure to support conventional transportation solutions. It has an innovative combustion engine that is used in capacity as an onboard generator and an intuitive control system. Here is an image of the TU523:

TU 523_shipping containers

Thorsten U. Reinhardt, author of “The Ten Commandments of Technology”, has turned his energies toward advancing this revolutionary innovation. The reason is beyond simple implementation of a new resource-conserving technology. The jobs created could turn entire economies around and help people retain cultural identity. The plan is to make a documentary of the development of the prototype, and then, after a press release in England, to follow a crew of operators and visionaries as they journey through Spain to Morocco, where an all-terrain vehicle will be equipped with a trailer carrying a 1:5 scale replica of the TU523. This replica will be put through the paces in front of students at selected universities, demonstrating its usefulness and the possibilities attached to it. Students will be able to see the replica TU523 take off and approach a shipping container, identify the container via advanced processing protocols developed through over a decade of research and implementation, land on the container with precision, couple onto it, and then zoom off with it to another location where it’s to be delivered.

Governments will be given the opportunity to produce such aircraft via licensing, something which has already garnered interest. Rural villages won’t be ignored; educating children is a prerogative of the organization and would lend the documentary a strong human-interest appeal.

The company involved will be seeking sponsorships and donations of items to be auctioned, and the proceeds will be given to charity in the trip’s ending destination of Cape Town. Beyond providing a real solution to transportation problems, the trip’s mission showcasing the prototype is to raise awareness and give people hope. All signs indicate it will be a successful journey.

Documenting it visually is a brilliant way to double down on a positive domino effect. Viewers will be able to watch a project go through an entire life cycle, from conception to presentation and, should the trip prove successful, full-on implementation.