Hyperloop transportation system is closer to reality than you might think

Shawn Knight

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What started as a far-fetched vision in the mind of serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has quickly evolved into a company determined to develop the next breakthrough in transportation.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) recently announced it now has more than 400 employees working on the full-scale Hyperloop. The company also welcomed Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum, AECOM and Hodgetts + Fung Architects to the project, joining top talent it has attracted from companies like Boeing Airbus and NASA in addition to those from SpaceX and Tesla.

Andrew Liu, vice president of new ventures at AECOM, said HTT’s approach to addressing transportation challenges is consistent with its focus on delivering innovative solutions that positively impact the communities they serve.

Craig Hodgetts of Hodgetts + Fung Architects said working with HTT to help make the Hyperloop a reality is an inspiring journey and that he, along with many others, believe it will be a reality before this century begins its full third decade.

Elon Musk first revealed plans for his city-to-city transport system in the summer of 2013. The Hyperloop, which will use steel tubes with aluminum pods to transport passengers and even vehicles, will travel at up to 800 miles per hour; that's roughly 300 mph faster than a typical commercial passenger jet. At that rate, it’d reduce the travel time from Los Angeles to San Francisco – a six hour commute by automobile – down to just 30 minutes.

The first full-scale test track is expected to open next year in California.

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Give a whole new meaning to the term 'laying pipe', doesn't it...

At that rate, it’d reduce the travel time from Los Angeles to San Francisco – a six hour commute by automobile – down to just 30 minutes.
Does that include speeding up and slowing down? Or is that just simple math with no realism? I think they'll build them between cities like LA and San Diego, or maybe LA and SF, since nothing new in tech ever happens that doesn't start in SF.

The cool thing though... if this ever becomes real is that you could live hundreds of miles away from where you work. Imagine working in Miami, but living in NY... you'd be dressing for 80 degrees when there's snow on the ground!


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Think how many recycled tin cans it would take for just a single tube from NYC to LA. :eek: And unless you're pulling a vacuum all the way down the line, I suspect compression effects and sonic boom could become issues.

This is typical Musk. He's always talking about and testing things, but never quite gets around to delivering them.

The way he jumps from project to project without finishing anything, just sounds like good ole ADHD to me
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