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Is Elon Musk's Hyperloop Design In Our Near Future?

Updated on August 6, 2014
Elon Musk
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~ Elon Musk

"I don't spend my time pontificating about high-concept things; I spend my time solving engineering and manufacturing problems."

The yellow robot arms dance through an assembly demo for Elon Musk and the rest of the tour group that visited the reopening of the former NUMMI plant, now Tesla Motors.
The yellow robot arms dance through an assembly demo for Elon Musk and the rest of the tour group that visited the reopening of the former NUMMI plant, now Tesla Motors. | Source

The Real Iron Man

There are many critics out there who have likened futuristic technology guru Elon Musk to the fictional character of 'Iron Man', Tony Stark.

Ridiculous, you say?

Not so fast.

Let's give Musk some merit.

As the founder of major companies such as Tesla Motors and SpaceX, this entreprenerial magnate financed his visions by selling off his lucrative holding, the E-Commerce giant, Pay Pal.

There are many people within the technology world excited about the news of Musk's futuristic design of the Hyperloop. Though I'm not a Techno groupie, I'm definitely estatic about this out of world phenominal idea.

Imagine ... a travel system that would jettison you across the United States, the depature Los Angeles and the Destination, New York City in as little as forty-five minutes.

Impossible, you say?

Again, not so fast.

An illustration based on the proposed design of a new transportation system called Hyperloop by Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla Motors.
An illustration based on the proposed design of a new transportation system called Hyperloop by Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. | Source

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The Design

The Hyperloop is a fifth proposed mode of transportation, which would power super high-speeds, running off efficient energy means, and providing the safest form of travel when in comparison to other types of travel which involve chance and human error.

How does it work?

The Hyperloop is based on a tunnel-like, vacuum design, which would resemble a cross between the elements of a super-sonic Concorde, a high-powered railgun, and an air-hockey table.

Let's theorize about acoustic levitation:

There is a possibility withstanding today, as per the greatest minds in research that shaped objects can travel by way of acoustic waves, which when magnified by the right frequency and enough volume of power, an object could levitate. The system is attached to a sound wave, which is charged by a good deal of drag caused by air density. Once the amplitude rises, the air density increases while relative air density drops, causing a suspended object to dispel in adiabatic flight.

In relation to the Hyperloop theory, expansive solar panels could charge the loop thereby powering and storing continuous acoustic waves within the vacuum system.

What the Critics Say

Some critics say that Elon Musk is smoking way too much mile-high dope, envisioning nothing more than a pipe-dream.

I would have to argue with those nay-sayers.

So far, everything that Elon Musk has touched turns into a gold-mine. Though he may seem over-confidant, and zealous in his approach, let's do remember he does have a brilliant mind and many financial successes. Even though there may be many obstacles to this scheme, like kinks in engineering, financing, and political pitfalls, the future is still very open to new ideas, and this one is very plausible given the significant amount of research that has been given to back up this incredible idea.

All I can say is ...

Go Elon go!

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

    I wonder if Musk backed off from the idea because he realized the idea was going to cost him more than he realized or if it was because the entities within our travel industry don't like this idea? Let's say ... the airlines. I'd like to see those dirty b.......s go down with their outrageous fees. Thanks for your input!

    Z

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    Peter Messerschmidt 3 years ago from Port Townsend

    The whole Hyperloop idea is really interesting... although Musk has recently been trying to step back from it a bit, citing that he really needs to "focus on Tesla and SpaceX," so the overhyped "big announcement" may be somewhat anticlimactic.

    That said, I think it's folly to dismiss Musk as a delusional dreamer... he has an actual TRACK RECORD of delivering changes to our world people insisted "can't be done:" Revolutionizing the money industry (PayPal), building a successful electric car that's more than a glorified golf cart (Tesla) and SpaceX even delivers payloads for NASA. He's pretty good at converting "wild dreams" into reality....

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    SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

    Maglev trains that "levitate" on rails are already in use today although their economic viability is still being debated. Traveling by levitating through sound waves would probably be in a distant Asimov science fiction future. Hopefully in my grand children's lifetime.:) Elon Musk is a visionary/entrepreneur whose advocacy for clean and reusable energy puts him above greedy corporate investors whose sole purpose is to make money without thought of the consequences to the world's environment and future generations.

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Hey BW ~ It would be nice to have a simpler and more expediant mode of travel I'm tired of the airlines lol

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    Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

    It's ironic that the second video mentioned the Jetsons. That's exactly what this form of transportation sounds like - something George Jetson would design. I wonder how air pressure plays into this. Travelling that fast has got to affect the body. It will be interesting to see if this idea really comes to light.

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Very funny Don Juan

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    cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    great hub ZZz... forward thinking has been the boon of mankind.. now if they can only get women to do their hair faster I would be eternally grateful; ..LOL

    Michael

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

    mbuggieh Here! Here! I'm so ready to visit family on the East Coast in forty-five minutes! :)

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    mbuggieh 3 years ago

    Any is possible. We've only begun to scratch the surface of technology. Once upon a time the landline telephone seemed magical...the electric light bulb elusive.

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

    If it's possible, I 'd like to see this accomplished in my life time!

    Thanks Bil

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Visionaries are always looked upon as crackpots at first. It has always been that way, has it not? Time will be the judge of whether the hyperloop is fact or fiction. :)

    Interesting information my friend. Thank you and have a great week.

    bill

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