Hyperloop, a Futuristic High-Speed Transportation System, to Break Ground Next Year
It may be sound like science-fiction, but Hyperloop, the brainchild of SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, is moving closer to reality. Hyperloop, a conceptual high-speed transportation system put forward by Elon Musk, is due to break ground next year. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), the California-based company leading the Hyperloop project, has just announced that it would break ground on the high-speed transportation system in May 2016. The company said that the first five-mile of test tracks will be built in Quay Valley, California.
Hyperloop was introduced by Elon Musk in 2013 when he published a 58-page white paper about a futuristic high-speed transportation system. Its goal is simple- to make travel much easier and faster for everyone. The goal is simple- to make travel much easier and faster. Musk called the Hyperloop the "fifth mode of transportation" and described several characteristics of what he wanted in a hypothetical high-speed transportation system.
Basically, Musk's vision of the Hyperloop was a tubular system that would launch pod-like capsules between destinations at speeds of up to 800 mph. The pod-like capsules will carry people from one place to another using low air pressure at supersonic speeds exceeding 750 mph. Musk's system incorporates reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air cushion driven by linear induction motors and air compressors. It would use solar-powered electromagnetic pulses to launch passenger pods through a network of sealed tubes at speeds of up to 800 mph.
The Hyperloop Engineers
Founded in 2013, Hyperloop transportation Technologies is a research company formed using a crowd collaboration approach to develop a transportation system based on the Hyperloop concept (which was envisioned by SpaceX founder Elon Musk). Members are working in exchange of stock options. The company announced that its Hyperloop team has grown to more than 400 members. It also secured key partnerships, which include Swiss technology company Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum, architecture firm Hodgetts & Fung and engineering design firm AECOM.
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