05 Nov 2015 |
World innovation news |
The Super-speed Rail Line Hyperloop is about to Get Real!
When Elon Musk, the creative engineer and founder of SpaceX, PayPal and Tesla Motors unveiled his Hyperloop project in August 2013 – a super-speed rail line between a Concorde and a railgun – the transportation community went seriously excited.
This solar and wind-powered supersonic train would work with pods being sent through a continuous steel tube maintained at a partial vacuum. It would theoretically be able to reach a maximum speed of 746 mph (1,220 km/h) that would connect Los Angeles to San Francisco in around thirty minutes!
Musk always mentioned that he never planned to pursue the project himself. Therefore, he encouraged the community to collaborate by crowdsourcing to develop it. His SpaceX Company launched a Design Hyperloop Pod competition in June 15, 2015, geared towards students and independent engineers. SpaceX announced they would construct a one-mile test track in order to test the teams’ pods during the summer of 2016.
Musk’s idea aroused interest of different independent workgroups, among which two actors distinguished themselves through their different approaches.
Dirk Ahlborn, a German entrepreneur who founded the collaborative platform JumpStartFund, integrated the Hyperloop project to the incubator Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT). It already gathered 450 multi-profile international contributors who committed themselves to dedicate at least 10 hours a week on the project development. In May 2015, Ahlborn also announced the construction of a test track in Quay Valley, California, that should be ready at the end of 2017.
On the other side, Hyperloop Technologies is a startup launched in March 2015, supported by solid investors from the Silicon Valley community. They already raised a 8.5 million dollars capital and they plan to reach $80 million.
Hyperloop has never been so close to exist, and it could literally revolutionize the transportation area. Watch this space…