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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bullet Train? So 20th century! Are you thinking Star Trek ENERGIZE?


Elon Musk is now proposing a high speed transportation system called the hyperloop. NYC to San Francisco in an hour. How radical is that?

Elon Musk never shies away from taking the plunge whether it is space travel or electric car or paypal., does the Hyperlook look more imaginative? Well it took the Golden Gate Bridge decades of talk and inaction. FInally the proposal was presented in 1916 and the whetting took another decade; finally construction began in 1933 and the bridge was completed in 1937 ($35M, 11 lives lost). So what seems impossible is generally done. Elon Musk can definitely stand behind his talk, based on the plethora of accomplishments.

Elon has this vision of solar power for these tracks, and a pod system ("unscheduled" departure to suit your needs). Speeds would be approx 600mph, frictionless travel, noiseless travel (since you are traveling in a gigantic tube), and perhaps travel in a vacuum to enable the frictionless travel. The vacuum would enable supersonic speeds, but where do you get the energy for this travel? Solar?
Beats me. And how about the straight line travel? If you have too many curves, it would lead to passengers throwing up at such high speed. Regulatory permissions would be needed, perhaps even going over populous areas. So the approach for Musk would be to go airborne using his space travel prototype, flying higher than commercial airlines? That would lead to a lot of complexity. Keeping this a couple hundred feet above ground level.

Perhaps it will be like the pneumatic tube travel by the bank suction tubes, at the drive through; combination of compressed air and partial vacuum.

Elon Musk calls it "a cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table", cost less than a plane ticket or make a 300 mile journey via car., finish a 300 mile journey in 30 minutes - how cool is that?

Check out Elon Musk's grasshopper 12 storey flight prototype
Read about it here

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