For those that don’t know, hyperloop is one of many amazing innovations coming from Elon Musk. Proposed in 2013, plenty of work has been done to perfect the idea. Essentially, pressurized capsules are pushed through a pressurized tube, travelling at speeds approaching the speed of sound. This would mean a traveller could get from San Francisco to Los Angeles in about half an hour.
Those of you that find this extremely exciting, you’ll be happy to know they plan to have a hyperloop in full operation by 2020 assuming no problems occur in the testing stage. It is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly design, but it will of course take a few years to ensure that it is entirely safe and to get the infrastructure in place.
They have only just begun, applying for a building permit in Quay Valley, California, but if all goes as planned, the site will be available to the public in 2018. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has been quite explicit in that this new building site is not a test site; they are building a full-size, fully functional hyperloop. It is being called a test site because it is the first of its kind.
“In 36 months we will have the first passenger in the first full-scale hyperloop,” said Bibop Gresta, COO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. Despite having passengers and being full-scale, it is not exactly what is expected of the hyperloop system due to it’s size.
The belief is that the hyperloop system will be adopted first in countries where there is less government regulation. This has not stopped countries like Canada from starting their own work on a hyperloop system, but after this site is proven effective, there will surely be a huge shift towards this sort of research.
Though Elon Musk is not directly involved with this project and has offered little comment on the matter, he has said in the past that he would be working on the hyperloop project himself if he wasn’t so busy with Tesla and SpaceX.
The hyperloop project, should it prove successful, would change the face of travel for a long time. Considering the cost-effectiveness and the environmental factor, it is a great alternative to flying, especially domestic flights.