The program for the Hyperloop is on paper but SpaceX took yet another step now toward creating Elon Musk’s high speed transportation program a reality.
While SpaceX is not affiliated with any of the firms that have announced plans to bring Musk’s vision for high-speed travel on the ground to life, the Hawthorne, California, based space travel enterprise said it was launching a competition to enable accelerate the course of action.
What SpaceX hopes to find are new tips for human scale pods. Teams will have the opportunity to try out their pods on a 1-mile test track next summer, according to a SpaceX website announcing the initiative. The knowledge gleaned from the testing will be open sourced.
“Whilst we are not establishing a industrial Hyperloop ourselves, we are interested in helping to accelerate improvement of a functional Hyperloop prototype,” the SpaceX internet site mentioned.
Musk initially unveiled his futuristic idea in 2013, calling it “a cross between a Concord, a rail gun and an air hockey table.”
Musk published the 57-page style program on both Tesla Motors’ and SpaceX’s blogs as a PDF obtainable for download.
The Hyperloop could carry travelers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in half an hour, conveniently beating out a pricey higher-speed rail project, according to Musk’s idea.
The Hyperloop is a big pneumatic tube, related to the program used by some hospitals to transport documents, samples and medications in a extra effective manner. New York City also relied on a network of pneumatic tubes to transport mail in the course of the initial half of the 20th century.
For human travel, Musk plans to mount a substantial fan to the front of a pod, which would re-direct high stress to the rear of the capsule, facilitating even greater speeds.