From LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes on the Hyperloop

Some of the world’s brightest minds have speculated that a vacuum tube is the only way to do it — but before that idea could even get off the ground, Musk said that the Hyperloop is not based on an evacuated tunnel. With that possibility ruled out, there aren’t actually that many ways of safely and economically propelling carriages at 700 mph (1126 kph). Furthermore, when you factor in Musk’s comments that the Hyperloop “can never crash,” has no need for rails, and is “immune to weather,” the architecture of the system becomes a real head-scratcher. Oh, did I mention that Musk envisions the entire system being self-powered by solar panels, and that it somehow stores energy inside the system itself, without the need for batteries?

The Hyperloop is from Tesla founder, Elon Musk. He is set to unveil the plan on August 12—I’ll be interested to see what it is.



  • gjgustav

    “Can never crash”. Hmm… sounds like “unsinkable.” One badly timed tornado can make for a disaster.

    • anexanhume

      Well, if there is some sort of tube (just not evacuated), you’d likely need a hull failure or structure failure to cause it to crash. If you can prevent a failure in the drive train or throttle system from causing a crash in any conceivable way, that’s a huge step up.

    • Anonymesque

      If there are tornadoes between LA and SF, we’ve got bigger problems.

      • gjgustav

        Sorry, I meant sharknado, of course.

  • Xurble

    It’s not for you. It’s more of a Shelbyville idea.

  • Jeff Zugale

    Sounds something like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Launch_loop

  • http://geekfun.com/ Erik S.

    For some reason, I’m reminded of this classic Simpsons’ moment: http://youtu.be/C3cdEIsXFJ4