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100 Engineers Are Working To Materialize Elon Musk’s Crazy Idea For High-Speed Travel

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We all remember the amazing idea that Elon Musk put forward about a transport system where capsules containing passengers will be shot in a tube at the speed of sound. Elon Musk claims that his solar-powered ‘Hyperloop’ could bring forth a revolution in travel and as fate would have it, his plans are beginning to materialize.100 Engineers are Working on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Idea 9

Enter the new firm, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies that is busy working on plans to convert the idea into a reality. It has already hired experts from all over the world. The firm is crowdsourced and has about 100 engineers on the project with most of them working at Boeing, NASA, Yahoo, SpaceX, Airbus and Salesforce during day hours.100 Engineers are Working on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Idea 100 Engineers are Working on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Idea 7 100 Engineers are Working on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Idea 4

The CEO Dirk Ahlborn said that it was the perfect approach to developing plans. He made use of the site JumpStartFund to crowdsource the idea. He then contacted SpaceX and the work started. The team has 25 UCLS graduate architecture students working at a facility in Playa Vista while most of the members work remotely. Ahlborn is hopeful that he will have a feasibility pertaining to technicalities ready by mid of 2015. The team has already made quite a progress when it comes to capsule, stations and route.

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Musk talked about capsules that would carry people or cars in tubes with low pressure, thus minimizing turbulence and maximizing speed. Ahlborn says that, “The only resistance would be the air in front of the capsule, which we moved to the back by using a compressor.”100 Engineers are Working on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Idea 8 100 Engineers are Working on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Idea 6

Musk wrote in the online release of his proposal, “Short of figuring out real teleportation, which would of course be awesome (someone please do this), the only option for super-fast travel is to build a tube over or under the ground that contains a special environment.”100 Engineers are Working on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Idea 3 100 Engineers are Working on Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Idea 2

According to Musk, he is too focused on other projects and therefore, is publishing his design on Hyperloop website that anyone can use and/or modify. He said, “You want a transport system that is roughly twice as fast as the next best alternative, that costs less, that is safer, that is not subject to weather and is more convenient. If there were such a thing, I think most people would take it. In fact, it would increase the travel between the city pairs because of the increased convenience.”

So what do you think? Do you see this Hyperloop becoming a reality or not?

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1 Comment to 100 Engineers Are Working To Materialize Elon Musk’s Crazy Idea For High-Speed Travel

  1. Just my four pennyworth.

    Several problems need solving the first being the solar powered claim. It won’t have any wind powered turbines working unless the wind is blowing. We are unable to store any energy in the grid system at all. Extracted wind power could be stored as potential energy as hydraulic water pressure (Armstrong’s accumulators). Lower or higher pressures might be achieved with mechanical wind powered fans rather than electricity.

    How do we maintain a low pressure in a pipe with a piston carrying passengers compressing the air before it? I understand the concept of pulling air past the piston creating a vacuum and the high pressure behind pushing it forward. A 50 mile tube would hold a great deal of air to move before any progress started. Is it better to create a vacuum in front, or a pressure behind? Plus or minus five pounds per square inch would be more than enough in my guesstimate, but thats a lot of air in the tube.

    Would it be more economical with greater numbers of passengers in a large train, or smaller cars? We still need to move as much air and I see a bearing supported device rather than a levitated one as being better. Braking might be by compressing air as energy recovery for reuse. I see a push pull system with both pressure and vacuum containers storing power in large pressure vessels.

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