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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Could supersonic 'Hyperloop' be our future transport?

It may look like something out of a science fiction movie, but could this be the way we'll travel in future?

Hyperloop

Take a look at this sketch of billionaire Elon Musk's "Hyperloop" transport idea.
The Hyperloop, which is described as a cross between a Concorde, rail gun and air-hockey table, seems to involve sending passengers through a tube in capsules!
It's designed to be solar powered and to move passengers, and even automobiles, at a speedy 800 miles per hour, according to the 57-page design plan.
The creator wants to link US cities Los Angeles and San Francisco. He claims he could make the 380-mile journey "about half an hour".
From CBBC Newsround
Hyperloop diagram based on design by Elon Musk.png
The Hyperloop is a hypothetical mode of high-speed transportation proposed by the entrepreneur andSpaceX founder Elon Musk. Musk envisioned the system as a 'fifth mode' of transportation: an alternative to boatsaircraftautomobiles, and trains.The open source technology would, according to the initial "Alpha" design released on August 12, 2013, enable travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes, meaning that passengers would traverse the proposed 354 miles (570 km) route at an average speed of just under 598 mph (962 km/h). The suggested route runs from the northern San Fernando Valley to the Hayward/Castro Valley area, paralleling the I-5 corridor for most of its length. The "Alpha" proposal details a $6 billion budget for a passenger-only version of the system, while a version allowing for transportation of both passengers and vehicles would cost $7.5 billion.
in Wikipedia
Elon Musk  born 28 June 1971) is a South African inventor and entrepreneur. He is best known for founding SpaceXand for co-founding Tesla Motors and PayPal (originally X.com). At SpaceX he is the CEO and Chief Designer and at Tesla Motors he is Chairman, CEO and Product Architect. Musk is also Chairman of SolarCity.
After leaving Queen's University, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a second bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania.After spending two years in grades eight and nine at Bryanston High School, Musk matriculated at Pretoria Boys High School. He left home in 1988 at the age of 17 to avoid military service in the South African military as serving to defend apartheid was a concern: "I don't have an issue with serving in the military, but serving in the South African army suppressing black people just didn't seem like a really good way to spend time." He wanted to move to the US, saying: "It is where great things are possible."He then moved to the Silicon Valley area of California to pursue a Ph.D. in applied physics and materials science at Stanford. He left the program after two days. His undergraduate degrees behind him, and drawing inspiration from innovators such as Nikola TeslaBill GatesSteve Jobs, and Walt Disney, Musk then considered three areas he wanted to get into that were "important problems that would most affect the future of humanity", as he said later, "One was the Internet, one was clean energy, and one was space."
in Wikipedia

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