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A year ago, somewhat eccentric kajillionaire, Elon Musk, revealed that he been cooking up a new transportation system that would carry passengers roughly 700mph almost the speed of sound. Dubbed the Hyperloop, Musk said the system would somehow only cost $6 billion. The Hyperloop has been shrouded in mystery, until today.
Musk previously said the Hyperloop is immune to weather, doesn need rails, can crash, and isn based on an evacuation tunnel. Musk also claims that the transportation system runs entirely off solar panels, and stores the energy within itself without needing batteries.
The Hyperloop involves an elevated system wherein aluminum pods on skis speed along through the Oakley Sunglasses inside of steel tubes. The skis are air bearings, and pump air out of the bottom, which move the pods along. Basically, it the same way air hockey tables work. The steel tubes would be mounted around on columns, would be around 50 to 100 feet apart from one another, and would loop back together at the end of the system. The loop is to keep the airflow inside the tunnels constantly churning. To move the pods at those crazy speeds, the tunnels would employ a linear electric motor. The pods skis would have a thin row of magnets, and the motor would push the pods along electromagnetically.
So, an electromagnetic air hockey table, where the puck also generates air. Musk envisions the elevated tunnels as looking like shotgun barrels. A Hyperloop bonus: since it is elevated, it wouldn interfere much with land and infrastructure.
The pods will travel at speeds up to 800mph, which is alarmingly fast. Musk states that each pod will have an emergency brake, and must be stationed around five miles from another pod in order to remain at a safe distance. So, the Hyperloop can fit around 70 pods between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and one would depart every 30 seconds definitely a boon for people who miss their train that runs on an hourly schedule by a couple minutes every morning.
You might assume that a vehicle traveling that fast would surely cause a number of us to carry barf bags as part of our morning commute, but Musk states that the pods would have less lateral acceleration, and thus be a more pleasant ride than, for example, a traditional subway. In order to slow down, another linear electric motor would absorb the kinetic energy, which in turn is stored in battery pack.
Musk estimates the Hyperloop to cost around six billion dollars for people only transport, or $10 billion for a version people can drive their cars right into a pod and bring their vehicle along for the trip. Musk also notes that tickets would be much cheaper than plane tickets, but doesn provide a figure. The Hyperloop is designed to link cities around 1,000 miles apart, but no farther, as a greater distance would significantly raise costs.
The Hyperloop won remedy all of your morning commute troubles. If it ever does come to be, it meant more as an airplane replacement for short trips between major cities. The random small town you call home that is two hours away from your place of work likely won ever receive a Hyperloop system. However, if you lived in New York and needed to travel to Boston a couple times a month on business, the Hyperloop would be a less of a hassle than a plane, and faster than that four or more hour train train.
To read up on the Hyperloop in great detail, check out Musk outline(PDF).
Now read:Elon Musk: I’ll release the Hyperloop plans, but I’m too busy to build it myself
Tagged Inim sorry, but if i was an kajillionaire then drawing trains would be the last thing i would think of doing, i think me locked in a hotel room with many young prostitutes doing depraving things to each other for my entertainment would rank much higher up the list of my personal time wasting activities. . .
or maybe using my wealth to feed the poor, fund a think tank into solving world issues and future technologies (not this HyperLame)
it just seems this guy gets of Oakley Sunglasses f on trains? he is a trainspotter with money. i think this elon musk should give me some money im skint lol
This is a lot more practical than putting wings and engines on a big metal tube, filling it with an explosive liquid and launching it to another city, and thats before we consider all of the added benefits, like speed.
The problem with this is the arseholes of the earth. If this was ever made, the government and company running it would have $$$ in their eyes. Even thou Oakley Sunglasses gh they could charge $20 per ticket (for example), the fact that its many times faster than a plane (check in times are ridiculous these days) with much less chance of delays (if any) means that people will have to pay stupid mon Oakley Sunglasses ey to use it.
Its barely possible to get people to consider anything in the USA for intercity travel, so it will HAVE to be insanely cheap to attract interest. There not going to be money in this, at least not until it gets seriously established, and then probably not. Imagine a network of tubes nation wide, so you can go NY to LA in 3000 miles and less than 5 hours. The paper describing this also describes why the trips are limited to about 300 miles, so that 10 separate tube rides. At $20 a pop, that $400 round trip. Travelocity shows $435.70 for a coach class air round trip (of course that plus a lot of other fees, buy still You can charge much more than $20 or people will still simply fly.
I think it unlikely that this type of system will be viable. The infrastructure build/maintain cost is way too high. Much more likely to succeed will be self driving cars and trucks, already being prototyped by BMW, GM, Google and others. change destination mid journey) and are open to incremental improvement through on going competition. Similar concepts to the Hyperloop have been prototyped in USA and France but failed to deliver. I predict the Hyperloop will never attain lift off.