The Hyperloop team is adding partners, making design progress

By David Tom
Nov 1, 2013
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  1. Hyperloop, the high-speed transportation method proposed by Elon Musk, is quickly progressing from a theoretical concept to a realistic design. According to Forbes, the development team behind the project has already entered into partnerships with multiple organizations. The current goal...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    I really hope this project comes to fruition.
  3. Even if it doesn't result in what was envisioned, I suspect that the lessons learned will become invaluable for similar ideas.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    $6 billion?! Geez, haven't they ever heard of an incremental project. We didn't just decide to fly to the moon one day you know, it was Apollo 11, not Apollo 1 or 2. Maybe they should start with a smaller hyperloop that connects LA and SD, which are pretty close. Then they can work up to the super fast giant one they've been talking about.
  5. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 157   +15

    Nice concept. Although I would be considering safety and environment seriously.
  6. I really hope this becomes reality as well; with the pace Musk is accomplishing his goals/dreams, I want to one day proudly say that I lived in the time of Musk. Been sick of hearing about empty promises and prototypes from "visionaries" in years past that amounted to nothing. I would have called Musk's visions a bluff as well if it wasn't for his paypal, spacex, tesla, etc.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Just exactly how are they going to incrementally create a large vacuum tube that propels a human size capsule at speeds of a bullet? Do you think the tube stretched from city to city would pull a vacuum if it wasn't near completion? I can only imagine what construction losses would be, if they hadn't spent this time planning.
  8. It seems like none of the his ideas gives me any profit. PayPal profits Ebay, spacex profits if you have 20 million on cash, Tesla profits Tesla (100 grand cars) .None the ideas nothing about visionary and profit and improves average peoples life.
    You want real "visionaries" then challenge is find out most economic way to get ocean water to drinkable, or use for agriculture and maybe get %100 electric conversion from a solar panel a good source of energy profits every human being in this planet. Everybody can be visionary but I think important thing is priority.
  9. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    By not making it travel at the speeds of a bullet from city to city. They're not going to make this thing a closed $6 billion system. I'm sure they'll be able to connect more tube onto the end of it like a railroad track. Why don't they make a short section of it to connect something close together that requires fast and frequent trips, like connecting airport terminals or parking lots. I know the whole point is to connect cities, but it's a pretty big expensive risk if something goes wrong.
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  10. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    I think the costs have been seriously underestimated. It is coming in at a fraction of the cost of a traditional high speed rail link. However I doubt if the Hyperlink will be cheaper to build after all many engineering issues that cost a fortune on traditional railway projects such as tunnels and bridges will still cost a fortune.
  11. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    This project will not cost $6 billion. No mass transit system ever hits the projected cost and almost always exceeds it by several orders of magnitude.

    Why are Americans so in love with mass transit anyway?
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Why the stereotype over something that is likely true world wide?
  13. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    That's quite a deflection.
  14. So some one is only a visionary if their work directly makes your life better? Well I guess science is wrong and the universe revolves directly around you. Paypal changed how we pay online and made it convenient and safe(hey applies to you), Tesla has turned the automobile industry on its head by proving that electric cars are more than just a toy, and space x is rethinking what we know about rocket science by drastically reducing costs and being a world leader in making the first stage of a rocket recoverable.
  15. Hi if anyone is interested I have posted a video of my "hyperloop -like" invention on you tube. It can be viewed by googling AIR SLEDD (spelled with two D's). It accomplishes the same goals of the hyperloop (high speed craft riding on a cushion of compressed air) but without all the engineering complexity! Spread the word and pass it on.
  16. If you want to profit for Musk's idea's invest in one of his companies. Grant it SpaceX requires high capital but Tesla and Solar City are publicly traded and rising fast because of their visionary leader...
  17. I have investigated air bearing technologies about 3years ago, and found it to be a dead end mostly because of the extremely small air gap tolerance between the vehicle and tube are far to small to maintain on a high speed vehicle over long distances. If any of the supporting structure shifts or settles as it inevitabely does in any construction, suddenly you will have an oval tube rather than a perfectly round one. A simpler cheaper and working solution is the "air sledd" which is essentially a self-lubricating/self-stabilising "air bearing" similar to the "japanese aero train"

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