Monday, August 12, 2013

LA To San Francsico in 35 minutes via the new Hyperloop!

Hyperloop passenger capsule version cutaway with passengers onboard.

You might want to sit down for this piece of high tech news that may change the way you travel…soon!

It’s called Electromagnetic Acceleration.

Photo via Elon Musk / Tesla Motors / SpaceX ;A conceptual rendering shows the Hyperloop passenger pod inside a low-pressure tube.

It’s the high technology behind the high-speed transit concept that billionaire Elon Musk calls the Hyperloop.

Musk — who already plays leading roles in the SpaceX rocket venture, the Tesla electric car company and the SolarCity solar-energy company — unveiled his vision of the Hyperloop today.


The Hyperloop would send travelers through low-pressure steel tubes in specialized pods that zoom at high subsonic speeds, reaching about 760 mph (1,220 kilometers per hour). That compares with typical speeds of 110 mph (for U.S. systems) to 300 mph (in China) for high-speed rail travel.


The plan is aimed at cutting the travel time between San Francisco and Los Angeles to 35 minutes, at a price of $20 for a one-way trip. Musk said the Hyperloop arrangement could be implemented between any pair of cities situated up to, say, 900 miles (1,500 kilometers) apart.

Hyperloop capsule in tube cutaway with attached solar arrays

For longer distances, air travel would probably be more efficient, he said.

In a blog posting and a 57-page PDF file about the Hyperloop, Musk said he came up with the plan out of frustration with the shortcomings of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project, which is just getting started. read story here

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