Speculation on the Hyperloop
There has been a bit of buzz in the last couple of weeks about a conceptual new type of transport that Elon Musk has developed called the ‘Hyperloop’. While he hasn’t shared specific details, he has mentioned the concept in a few recent interviews e.g. here and here.
I find this exciting because I’ve been thinking about new types of high speed transport for a while now. I don’t think we’ve solved the ‘moving people around’ problem as well as we may have predicted 50 years ago (alas still no Star Trek transporters). My best guess about what this Hyperloop might be, is an implementation of a vacuum train. The basic idea being that that you construct a tube, suck out all of the air so there is very little friction/drag, and then whisk people around in very high-speed capsules (just like the jetsons). Think NY to LA in 45 minutes. It’s not a new idea - Robert Goddard first proposed a
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