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Old 07-17-2013, 05:11 PM
 
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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is proposing a magnetic tube transport that would greatly reduce travel times. If testing shows this system to be feasible, it is something that the US government would be forced to support. Because you can be certain that if it works, Europe and China will plunge into development.

If this proposal is feasible, it is not merely a more convenient mode of travel, it would represent a significant change in our society and culture. Work, leisure, employment, commerce, communication... would be enhanced. It would be a development that future historians look back on as a socially and economically transformative technology, similar to the automobile and rail transit.

Imagine waking up in your western California beachfront home, hopping on the transport and being at work in Manhattan, NY 45 minutes later ! Or from your home in NY to your work in London/Paris
People would have geographic choices of living and working wherever they wished with no limits. We would be living in a different world.


http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment...op-could-do-it.



"He has settled on the idea of a network of pneumatic tubes within which travel carriages at high speed along a magnetic-levitation track. His system would be able to take someone from New York Los Angeles to in 45 minutes, and New York to Beijing in just 2 hours..........Giant vacuum tubes can be built on the ground and even underwater, and will send capsules capable of carrying several people at a time, along a mag-lev track "
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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This is a interesting project.
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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1. An old idea revisited. Not a bad one, just not cutting edge.

2. Europe and China are embracing high speed trains and the U.S. is sitting on it's collective hands. This technology will fare no better.
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:11 PM
 
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With driverless cars I'm not convinced we will need high speed trains.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:40 PM
 
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With driverless cars I'm not convinced we will need high speed trains.
How fast do you expect that car will get you from coast-to-coast?
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:42 PM
 
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Also, it isnt only Elon Musk. A company named ET3 is conducting research into a very similar transport system. This could very well be a technology that sees rapid advancement and innovation in the very near future as more determined research firms and investors are willing to fund serious, goal driven R&D.


Hyperloop To Start Testing This Year. Theoretical Speed Of 4,000 MPH. (VIDEO) | CleanTechnica
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:02 PM
 
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How fast do you expect that car will get you from coast-to-coast?
Not as fast as a plane.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:27 PM
 
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Looks like Elon Musk is serious about this potential project and is developing a workable design

Hyperloop: Elon Musk's Crazy Idea For High-Speed Travel Just Might Be The Future - Forbes
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:46 PM
 
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Looks like Elon Musk is serious about this potential project and is developing a workable design

Hyperloop: Elon Musk's Crazy Idea For High-Speed Travel Just Might Be The Future - Forbes
What I got from the interview on NBC was that he made a bunch of drawings overnight, showed them to the interviewer, then told him that he was leaving the implementation up to others.

Not a confidence builder. And not showing that he is serious at all.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:14 AM
 
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What I got from the interview on NBC was that he made a bunch of drawings overnight, showed them to the interviewer, then told him that he was leaving the implementation up to others.

Not a confidence builder. And not showing that he is serious at all.
Actually an update on how the process unfolded:

Hyperloop Update: Elon Musk Will Start Developing It Himself - Forbes


"The plans Musk unveiled were developed by a team of a dozen engineers from both Tesla and SpaceX. They spent roughly nine months developing them, though Musk started thinking about a Hyperloop concept about two years ago. “It was very much a background task—it was not anybody’s full-time job,” he said. “We were just batting it around in the background at SpaceX and Tesla and then in the last few weeks we ended up allocating some full-time days to it.” "
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