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.

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 11.06.36 AM

He unveiled the plans for Hyperloop back in August of 2013, after the California high-speed rail was approved.

“…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!



(Header image via Wikipedia.) 

Rachel Winstead

Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.