ELON MUSK HYPERLOOP-A FIFTH MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
On July 20th, Elon Musk, A CEO of Tesla Motors/SpaceX/Boring Company tweeted that he had received “verbal (government) approval” to build a Hyperloop, a futuristic and pristine mode of transportation. It would connect New York City and Washington DC via Philadelphia and Baltimore. Musk claimed that Hyperloop would take 29 minutes from Washington DC to reach around 365 away New York.
“If you think of tunnels going 10, 20, 30 layers deep (or more), it is obvious that going 3D down will encompass the needs of any city’s transport of arbitrary size.” – ELON MUSK
Elon Musk is a South African born Canadian-American most visionary entrepreneur who famed for his out of the box thinking. His vision is to change the world and humanity. His persistent efforts brought the change as well especially in transportation technologies on earth. He is a co-founder of Tesla Inc., a fully electric car manufacturing company. In order to reduce the air transportation cost and send humans to another planet, he founded a company named SpaceX. In May 2013, Musk proposed the concept of new mode of transportation, Hyperloop. The concept was released as an open source and he has promoted the research on design and functionality.
WHAT IS HYPERLOOP?
Hyperloop is a very high-speed transits system where magnetically levitating pods are sent through low-pressures tubes. It would reduce the friction in transportation and significantly reduce the time of travel. Elon Musk calls “ a cross between a Concorde, a Railgun, and an Air Hockey table”. According to him, Hyperloop would allow people to travel at a speed of 1150 km/h (700 mph).
HOW WILL HYPERLOOP WORK?
One of the major engineerings require to commercialize the concept of Hyperloop is to reduce the surface friction and environmental friction. The same electromagnetic levitation technology of maglev train would implement in Hyperloop to reduce the friction. Hyperloop is a tunnel based transportation system. According to the initial designs, tunnel or tube must be low pressure to reduce the resistance of the moving object which is energy efficient.
- The pods would propel by electromagnetic motors rather than air pressure like in vacuum tunnels.
- In tunnel base transportation, air cushion tends to evolve along with the distance covered by the object. In order to terminate the air cushion, Hyperloop pod would feature an air compressor fan in front. The compressor fan can pumped air to the rear.
- Electromagnetic energy would be used to levitate the pod which reduces the friction for the pod.
- Solar panels on top of the tunnels could generate sufficient electric energy to supply the power to the whole system.
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The biggest player in the tunnel base transportation industry, Hyperloop One has achieved a milestone recently. It’s XP1 pod reached at 310 kmph in Hyperloop one tube at Devloop track in the Nevada Desert during second phase testing. “We have proven that our technology works, and we are now ready to enter into discussions with partners, customers and governments around the world about the full commercialization of our Hyperloop technology,” said Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd.
Hyperloop One has not any concern with the Elon Musk.
WHEN WILL HYPERLOOP COMMERCIALISE?
In 2013, Elon Musk released Hyperloop concept as an open source. From then on, there are several companies have been working on it to make the idea feasible. Due to a groundbreaking idea, it may take a time to be operational.
Elon Musk’s Boring Companies issued a statement that “While we’re encouraged that others are making some progress, we would like to accelerate the development of this technology as fast as possible. We encourage and support all companies that wish to build Hyperloops and we don’t intend to stop them from using the Hyperloop name as long as they are truthful.”
Initially, Elon Musk just wanted to build the technology to make the idea possible but after the immense progress recently coming out that Elon Musk is going to build Hyperloop by own. Meanwhile, Hyperloop one has been gradually taking the leap towards the commercialisation. It has signed the agreements with UAE to install the Hyperloop between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Another company named Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has signed the licensing agreement with South Korea and Slovakia. The co-founder and chairman of HTT, Shervin Pishevar, told CNBC that Hyperloop would be operational somewhere in the world by 2020.
After lots of research, worthy endeavors of the many companies and immense funding now the Elon Musk fantasy is looking like empirical.