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Students hit 201mph on Elon Musk's Hyperloop


Posted on Tuesday, 29 August, 2017 | Comment icon 7 comments

Passengers would travel inside special high-speed pods. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 KSPanier
The team from the Technical University of Munich have become the first to beat the 200mph barrier.
Originally revealed back in 2013 by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the Hyperloop is a potentially revolutionary transportation system consisting of a network of reduced-pressure tubes.

Special pressurized capsules inside the tubes, which will be capable of reaching speeds of up to 760mph while riding upon a cushion of air, will act as carriages for the passengers.

The initial route, which would be from Los Angeles to San Francisco, could take just 30 minutes.

Now a team of students from Germany who have been competing to produce a Hyperloop pod design that will be adopted by Musk have become the first to conduct a test run exceeding 200mph.

Their WARR Hyperloop pod prototype was awarded first place in the second stage of the competition at the weekend, seeing off 20 other competing teams from other universities around the world.

With Musk hoping to eventually see the system go supersonic however, there is still a long way to go.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (7)

Tags: Hyperloop

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seanjo on 29 August, 2017, 21:53
After watching the vid, I don't want any windows in my carriage!
Comment icon #2 Posted by seanjo on 29 August, 2017, 22:05
 
Comment icon #3 Posted by badeskov on 29 August, 2017, 23:25
Not being able to watch the video (sitting at a secure facility), can you briefly describe why it is busted? Badeskov
Comment icon #4 Posted by seanjo on 30 August, 2017, 0:09
A few reasons, like the amount air that has to be removed from the tube, the expansion and contraction of the tube and the number of expansion joints required, the problems of keeping the tube totally sealed and the dangers if the seal is broken. Best to watch the vid when you can.
Comment icon #5 Posted by seanjo on 30 August, 2017, 11:45
Don't get me wrong, I think we Humans are ingenious and none of the problems highlighted in the vid are insurmountable, but it may not be cost effective.
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer on 30 August, 2017, 16:52
I can't take the time at work to watch the video, but it sounds as if this form of transporation would have as many checks and balances as a space mission launch from a safety perspective.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Guyver on 30 August, 2017, 19:23
I think that is awesome!  It's like the wave of the future....transportation that efficient?!!  30 minutes from LA to SF....awesome! Then they stop at every city with a population in excess of two like the Greyhound does, and it will take sixteen days to get from SF to LA in the hyper speed pod.   


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