Elon Musk’s Hyperloop: Possible Testing in Texas
Elon Musk tweeted yesterday that he’s looking to build out test tracks for his Hyperloop project, potentially in the great state of Texas.
“…I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too. How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL – doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars – would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world?” he stated in a public release.
He explained his plans for Hyperloop, a new mode of transportation that would be both faster and less expensive. Hyperloop is a system for travel between L.A. and San Francisco, with the ride lasting around 35 minutes.
The system is made up of a tube with capsules that are transported throughout the length of the tube, supported on a cushion of air. The capsules are accelerated via a magnetic linear accelerator. Further descriptions of Hyperloop can be found on the Tesla Motors site.
Musk also suggested that he’d like to host pod-racing competitions on the test track, similar to the Formula SAE competitions. I’d like to think they’ll look like the races in Star Wars: Phantom Menace.
Here’s to living in the future!