Solemn opening of "Zero kilometer" took place on October 17, 2015 on the territory of the SkyWay EcoTechnoPark near the town of Mariyna Gorka (Minsk region, Republic of Belarus). Actually, it is a plate of 250 square meters in the form of a large-scale map of Belarus with a bronze sign in the shape of the globe, which marks the beginning of the first SkyWay track in history.
SkyWay is a unique, innovative and breakthrough transport technology developed by engineer Anatoly Yunitskiy. SkyWay is an information, energy and transport communicator of overpass type, based on string-rail technologies. The peculiarity of this technology is its environmental friendliness; therefore the existing natural landscape and the surrounding flora and fauna are not disturbed in the area of construction of transport overpasses. Distinguishing features of the SkyWay are safety, affordability, reliability and high level of profitability.
SkyWay EcoTechnoPark is not an ordinary object, it is the center of practical implementation of SkyWay innovations, their international certification and expertise. It is not even the SKOLKOVO innovation center in Russia, created by officials. It will be more likely similar to the Silicon Valley in the USA, created by business and for business, from where all modern electronics came out to the world markets.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Creator of the technology Anatoly Yunitskiy, heads of partner companies and the first SkyWay foreign investors from Russia, Germany, Norway, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Moldova (partners of the SkyWay international group of companies live in 47 countries). They were the first to believe that the future is for these technologies. Also present were major investors that have provided the greatest help to the development of the project, as well as representatives of local authorities.
The collective image of the "Zero kilometer", the final version of which was approved by A. Yunitskiy, was created thanks to the votes of thousands of people involved in the development of the project. Leading specialists of the design center of the company Ivan Lukin and Sergey Drop worked on the visualization of the sign, and it was produced by the famous Belarusian sculptor, member of the Artists Union of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Surkov. In his opening speech the General designer said:
"I've been approaching it for almost 40 years. Those people who were the first to believe and invest their funds, and that is about 100 people, – were waiting for it 20, 15, 10, 5 years. All of our investors, including those who came to the SkyWay program through foreign partners, and that is more than 100 thousand people, are all involved in the creation of "EcoTechnoPark" in Mariyna Gorka. This construction would not have been started without them. "Zero kilometer" is the beginning of realization of my youthful dream to encircle the globe with SkyWay routes: safe, comfortable, efficient and environmentally friendly. If this is not done, the existing transport, primarily automobiles, will kill more than 100 million people by the end of the XXI century and more than 1 billion will become disabled and crippled. And how many billions of animals will die, no one knows, because such statistics do not exist.
Yet we know how to reduce transport accidents by thousands of times – we need to build worldwide millions of miles of SkyWay routes by moving traffic flows from the ground surface to the "second level". The existing transport has already withdrawn from the world the land area exceeding the territory of Great Britain by five times. This soil is now dead – it is "rolled" into the asphalt and "buried" under the sleepers. However, we know how to save this soil – we need to build millions of miles of SkyWay routes on the planet, raising the track structure to the "second level". And in place of asphalt and sleepers we will plant gardens and orchards, and set up alleys, as we are doing it now here in EcoTechnoPark."
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, participants approached the "Zero kilometer" on a special path, personally feeling its symbolized meaning for a thousand years of history of transport. Really, at first the roads were paved with cobblestones, then the builders switched to stone blocks, in the twentieth century they began to lay asphalt on stone foundations everywhere, and then to mount tram rails on it. Before removing the safety cover from the monument, Dr. Yunitskiy told about mystical events associated with it: "The "Zero kilometer" was in my office more than a month before its arrangement in EcoTechnoPark. And I noticed that if someone, affected by cold, was rubbing a finger on Belarus in the globe of "Zero kilometer", after this he quickly recovered. I certainly do not guarantee that the lame will run, the deaf would hear, the blind man would regain his sight after he rubs the symbol of Belarus. But who knows? Indeed, such a huge amount of positive energy, thoughts and emotions is concentrated in this point of the globe, that everyone who rubs his finger against our country depicted in "Zero kilometer", and makes his heart’s desire, can make it a reality using this Energy!" And all the participants of the opening of the "Zero kilometer" followed Anatoly Yunitskiy to the monument, which he at this point called "the place of execution of desires!"
Very touching sounded the quote from one of the most poignant songs of the famous Russian bard. The General designer recalled: "Vladimir Vysotsky sang: "Domes in Russia are covered with pure gold so that the Lord noticed them more often ". And the whole Belarus, my homeland, will be the sun shine on the background of the globe, as pure gold, and we will be more often noticed by the Lord."
This event was followed by honoring the investor of the SkyWay group of companies, the first to be awarded the right to leave an impression of his palm for the memory of posterity. By analogy of the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, the cast of the palm of the person honored in bronze with the application of the name, surname and signature will be placed on a decorative pedestal in the alley of Honorary investors of SkyWay EcoTechnoPark.
Further, the founder of the new vehicle technology explained to all guests that one of the main tasks for SkyWay is to create a "heavenly transport" in harmony with the earth's nature. Scientific approach, in his opinion, is able to prove that innovation and technology should work without destroying the environment and preserving it for future generations. And since the tree is a symbol of ecology, cleanliness, conservation and enhancement of life on our beautiful planet, all the guests, who received the right to plant their name trees, were invited to do so! Dr. Yunitskiy said:
"Participation in the campaign "Plant a tree" is just a small seed planted by you, from which a Large Planetary Garden will grow later. This is the event that will go down in the history of the world!"
Anatoly Yunitskiy personally continued greening of EcoTechnoPark, planting trees of the people who willfully refused from the visit in favor of financing the project. He explained his step in the following way: "Some of our foreign investors preferred to invest funds in the direct goals and objectives of EcoTechnoPark, and not to spend their savings on a trip to the symbol, even on such an important one for our project as "Zero kilometer". I respect and even applaud such a decision, because for many thousands of our investors the total cost of travels would amount to million dollars! Instead, each such foreign investor will get an increased share in our holding, and the dividends on it; the return on investments will come faster. In this case the main risks – underfunding of the program − will be reduced, because instead of travel expenses that investor can invest part of his savings to increase his stake in the Project. To emphasize my gratitude to all these people for their contribution to the development of SkyWay technologies, I will personally plant their name trees, fix signs with their names and will provide detailed photo and video reports about it!" Branded signs with the names of these people will become the main decoration of the SkyWay technology center.
Everyone present was greatly impressed by the demonstrative scale model of a suspended unibus brought for testing. No less interest was aroused also by the reduced model of suspended track with stations and supports. All of these elements of track structure have to handle appropriate loads in the same way as full-scale units of the system under construction nearby will be able to cope with. Interestingly, the relevant documentation − after all, drawings are required even for a small copy, − A. Yunitskiy and the design Bureau developed in the shortest possible time, within about a week.
It is hard to overestimate the importance of the sign "Zero kilometer" opening. It is not just a point of reference for SkyWay routes. "Zero Kilometer" will be the beginning of a new life, a new way of thinking, new opportunities and discoveries. This is a new stage in the development of SkyWay technologies. This symbol has started a new transport and infrastructure industry on planet Earth. Very soon in Mariyna Gorka, the whole world will be demonstrated with test sections of commercial samples of freight, urban and high-speed SkyWay tracks with total length of about 20 km. These tracks and their infrastructure are unparalleled in the world. They are ahead of all presently existing and promising transport systems by several times − and manifold on some parameters.
It would be reasonable to complete the report about the opening of the SkyWay sign "Zero kilometer" with the idea expressed by many guests of this gala event – we are proud that our country became the birthplace of the inventor of a unique, innovative and breakthrough transport technology. No less cause for pride is the fact that Belarus had become a place where we are building the Center for practical implementation of SkyWay innovations, their international certification and expertise. Transport and infrastructure breakthrough technologies, which include SkyWay routes, have the greatest potential world markets on the planet, larger than, for example, mobile phones, computers, electronics that have markets in trillions of dollars per year, though recently they were started "in the garage" and almost no one believed in them and did not give them a chance to live. And this gives us confidence that in EcoTechnoPark, which is under construction in the Republic of Belarus, transport and infrastructure SkyWay technologies will be demonstrated and certified. It will help to attract multi-billion dollar foreign investments, bring our country to an even higher level, putting it into some of the most technologically advanced countries, ensuring our descendants ecologically clean, safe, comfortable and prosperous future!