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The Hyperloop

Elon Musk Develops Hyperloop Concept

Elon Musk has been one of the most innovative people in modern history. He is best known for developing Paypal, Tesla, and SpaceX. While he has had a major impact on a range of industries and transportation, another one of his current ventures could prove to be the most impactful overall. Musk is currently in the development stage of the Hyperloop, which he is now referring to as the “fifth mode of transportation” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/hyperloop-will-future-transport/).

The Hyperloop is a futuristic mode of transportation that could prove to be the safest and most efficient transportation option ever. The Hyperloop will essentially be a high-speed train that will have the ability to transport people at speeds of up to 700 miles per hour. In an ideal situation, this could allow someone to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is less than one hour.

While the Hyperloop has been in the concept stages for a long time, it appears to be gaining some traction and could soon be a more realistic goal. The train system has already been built on a much smaller scale and has shown that it will have the ability to move at the speeds quoted. While there is a lot of potential for the idea, and Musk has the ability to capitalize the project, there are a lot of challenges ahead that will need to be addressed.

One of the biggest concerns will be about the safety and comfort for the passengers. Taking off at 700 miles per hour could end up being a bit too much for some people and the seating arrangement need to be figured out to ensure customer comfort. There are also security concerns that need to be considered, which could end up adding to the overall commuting time from one city to the next.

The Hyperloop May Change the Future of Transportation

Excitement and curiosity about Elon Musk’s hyperloop, has been building. In a piece published on Reddit early Tuesday, it was reported that Musk just announced he had received “…verbal government approval…” to move ahead with the hyperloop project, connecting New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and DC. Many people were unsure about what exactly verbal approval might mean, however, Elon later clarified that there was “[s]till a lot of work needed to receive formal approval”, but he remains optimistic.

Many people are more curious to know what exactly the Hyperloop is. Elon describes the hyperloop as closed loop system of underground tubes, best suited for distances of less than 500 miles. Low pressure pods will glide at top speeds, (possibly over 700 miles per hour), over air bearings, floating in a way that is similar to a puck across an air-hockey table.

While Musk made the idea available to outside organizations in 2013, his renewed interest in the project has generated lots of excitement. At this point Elon has not stated whether he plans to work with one of these outside engineering organizations, or develop the transportation technology using his own company.

The ability to move over great distances at increased speed, is something that has already revolutionized our world several times over, and the implementation of this technology is no different. The actuality of a hyperloop could see commuters living in Philadelphia and commuting to work in NYC every day. The hyperloop could also greatly alleviate traffic in these areas. While the future of the hyperloop remains uncertain, many are excited by the possibilities this proposed transportation innovation may bring.