Elon Musk's Hyperloop - travel faster than the speed of sound

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  • Trowel 12 Aug 2013 07:15:21 22,583 posts
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    The official plans for the Hyperloop transport system are getting unveiled today, thought to be a similar principle to the pneumatic tubes that used to be used in banks and offices. Or Futurama perhaps.

    The first stage of the Hyperloop will transport passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco. If it is successful, Musk says, a second loop will eventually connect Los Angeles to New York City. The Hyperloop will “never crash, is immune to weather” and is “three or four times faster than the bullet train,” he said. Musk also says the Hyperloop would consume less solar power than it collects and could run "24/7 without batteries. Yes, this is possible. Absolutely."

    Musk also said that he will publish the plans “open source” and without patents unless they are “critical to company survival” -- that means anyone with the time and resources will be able to implement the Hyperloop's design, without having to pay to license it.
    http://www.ibtimes.com/tesla-motors-tsla-ceo-elon-musk-reveal-hyperloop-futuristic-transportation-system-design-expected-be
  • CosmicFuzz 12 Aug 2013 07:36:27 32,585 posts
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    I'm in. That awesome. Shoot me round the world Mr Tesla!
  • DarmokJalad 12 Aug 2013 07:43:44 63,699 posts
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    Has he announced the plans yet or is this more speculation?

    Edit : speculation :-\

    Edited by Razz at 07:46:55 12-08-2013
  • Trowel 12 Aug 2013 08:06:41 22,583 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    Has he announced the plans yet or is this more speculation?

    Edit : speculation :-\
    He said last month he's unveiling the plans today. The press are filling in the speculation to get some articles out for now.
  • grey_matters 12 Aug 2013 08:14:49 4,717 posts
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    I thought he said a few days ago that he wished he hadn't ever mentioned it. I'm not sure where I heard that though.
  • Telepathic.Geometry 12 Aug 2013 08:26:16 12,422 posts
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    He did say that, I was just reading up on him on wiki there...
  • Telepathic.Geometry 12 Aug 2013 08:28:19 12,422 posts
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    ...he said that he wants someone else to build it, but that if nobody does anything for a few years that he'll probably step up to the plate. Maybe.

    I get the feeling that once the plans are devised, he's happy to let someone else do it, as there's no serious engineering problem or presumably lack of will, to stop it from happening.
  • Telepathic.Geometry 12 Aug 2013 08:42:14 12,422 posts
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    I'd fucking go. Imagine having that on your tombstone. Killed by a hyperloop.


    Fawkin' sweeeeet!
  • grey_matters 12 Aug 2013 08:43:01 4,717 posts
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    Telepathic.Geometry wrote:
    ...he said that he wants someone else to build it, but that if nobody does anything for a few years that he'll probably step up to the plate. Maybe.

    I get the feeling that once the plans are devised, he's happy to let someone else do it, as there's no serious engineering problem or presumably lack of will, to stop it from happening.
    Ah. That'll learn me to not pass on half-remembered rumours. Or possibly even reading the damn article on occasion.
  • dominalien 12 Aug 2013 08:44:46 9,170 posts
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    @Shikasama

    I'm sure they'll be able to test it on inanimate objects first, then that angry cat whose pics have been doing the rounds, before they get to people.

    Edited by dominalien at 08:45:07 12-08-2013
  • Dizzy 12 Aug 2013 08:48:55 3,709 posts
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    Hype-loop

    Those G-forces will be fun.
  • cubbymoore 12 Aug 2013 08:52:59 36,709 posts
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    MONORAIL.
  • neilka 12 Aug 2013 12:31:55 22,559 posts
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    Is Elon Musk an anagram of something rude?
  • Rusty_M 12 Aug 2013 12:34:12 6,961 posts
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    Lone kums?
  • Psychotext 12 Aug 2013 12:35:16 65,162 posts
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    that means anyone with the time and resources will be able to implement the Hyperloop's design, without having to pay to license it
    Which also means that they really don't think anyone will. Maybe China will give it a blast for another white elephant building project.
  • RunningMan 12 Aug 2013 12:39:52 2,966 posts
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    I thought the design was open source so no licenses?
  • neilka 12 Aug 2013 12:41:36 22,559 posts
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    New York to Los Angeles in 45 minutes would be 1500m/s or about 0.5% the speed of light which seems pretty ambitious.

    Edited by neilka at 12:43:13 12-08-2013
  • Deleted user 12 August 2013 12:41:47
    Read the OP :p

    Edit: @RunningMan

    Edited by Mr-Brett at 12:42:09 12-08-2013
  • M83J01P97 12 Aug 2013 12:45:49 7,606 posts
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    Very ambitious idea.

    Shame it will just end up being used by Disney to power some of their rides.
  • Psychotext 12 Aug 2013 12:46:41 65,162 posts
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    neilka wrote:
    New York to Los Angeles in 45 minutes would be 1500m/s or about 0.5% the speed of light which seems pretty ambitious.
    Given LA to San Francisco was supposed to take half an hour, I seriously doubt that figure. Maybe they fucked it up on the article.
  • spindizzy 12 Aug 2013 13:31:56 7,755 posts
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    M83J01P97 wrote:
    Very ambitious idea.

    Shame it will just end up being used by Disney to power some of their rides.
    We don't know what it is yet!
  • Trowel 12 Aug 2013 22:35:43 22,583 posts
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    Well, here we are...

    Hyperloop consists of a low pressure tube with capsules that are transported at both low and high speeds throughout the length of the tube. The capsules are supported on a cushion of air, featuring pressurized air and aerodynamic lift. The capsules are accelerated via a magnetic linear accelerator affixed at various stations on the low pressure tube with rotors contained in each capsule. Passengers may enter and exit Hyperloop at stations located either at the ends of the tube, or branches along the tube length.


    http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/hyperloop_alpha-20130812.pdf
  • DaM 12 Aug 2013 22:37:04 17,330 posts
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    Here we go.

    I wonder how much it would cost for one between London and Birmingham.....or does it need sun....?
  • RunningMan 12 Aug 2013 22:41:47 2,966 posts
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    Could use wind and wave energy in the UK, solar would work as well. It would be a hell of a lot cheaper than HS2. No chance of anyone building though, no imagination...
  • RunningMan 12 Aug 2013 22:42:16 2,966 posts
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    Kind of hoping one of the other billionaires like Bill Gates might run with it.
  • Deleted user 12 August 2013 22:43:16
    Is there a chance the track could bend?

    Edited by meme at 22:43:30 12-08-2013
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