Just another science fiction becoming a reality. Billed as the fifth mode of transportation, the superfast shuttle pod is design to carry passengers, travelling at speeds of up to 1,220 km/h (760 mph) through sealed, low pressure tubes.
The pods would accelerate at more than airline speed, using a linear electric motor and glide above track using air bearing or passive magnetic levitation.
The hyperloop concept have been around for decades, but was reintroduced using updated technologies, by Elon Musk after 2012. The LA-based startup is one of a number of companies determined in making Elon Musk’s futuristic Hyperloop dream a reality.
Currently running at 500 meters (1,640 ft) long, and weighing over 1 million kilograms, the first hyperloop tube test site called DavLoop located at Nevada. Since Elon Musk presented the idea in July 2012 at a PandoDaily event in Santa Monica, California, multiple companies and hundreds of academic research teams have been working on the Hyperloop technology. So far, Hyperloop One seems to be taking the lead at the moment.
Hyperloop One unveiled its plans for the first passenger-carrying Hyperloop transport system October last year. The system which it plans to build in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), linking the sities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The route which extends for some 159 kilometers (99 miles), takes about 2 hours by car, but with the super-fast hyperloop pod could make the journey in just 12 minutes. Mean-while the first demonstration of the Hyperloop mode of transportation propulsion system took place May last year.
The company says that the hyperloop pipeline system could be ready by the year 2020, but needs to ensure its full-scale prototype in Nevada works well and can safely accelerate to its insane speeds.
This hypothetical high-speed fifth mode of transportation would be built having the following characteristics: collision free, twice the speed of a plane immunity to weather, low power consumption, and energy storage for 24-hour operations. The name Hyperloop was chosen because it would go in a loop. Elon Musk envisions the more advanced versions will be able to go at hypersonic speed. In May 2013, He likened the Hyperloop to a “cross between a Concorde and a rail gun and an air hockey table”.
The Hyperloop Design Proposal
A group of Mexican and American engineers and urban planners called MADE Collective summited a US$15 billion proposal to the Trump administration. The group wants to build a hyperloop transportation network along the Us-Mexico border instead. They launch a petition to replaces the current border fencing with its hyperloop design.
The design submitted to the US Customs and Border Protection’s official call for proposals in March.
The plan is to turn the border into a shared nation, called Otra Nation, with its independent local government and nonvoting representatives in the US and Mexican legislatures.
The Otra Nation’s hyperloop network is to stretch to about 1,250 miles (2,000km), turning the US-Maxico border into an unincorporated territory.
“The existence of the border wall has become more a signifier of status than a barrier that each population sustains in its own form of isolation towards the opposite side,” the designers wrote.
The network would also feature several solar farms, which would power the hyperloop as well as stations for people from any country to board.
$15 Billion Hyperloop Proposal To Trump’s Administration
The plan would cost approximately US$15 billion, which is less than the US$21 billion that the Department of Homeland Security estimated a border wall would cost. They also predict that their system would create US$1 trillion in trade.
“The 19th century brought us boundaries, the 20th century we built walls, the next will bridge nations by creating communities based on shared principles of economic resiliency, energy independence, and a trust-based society,” the designers wrote.
By June the Customs and Border Protection plans to announce the 10 companies it wants to hire to build prototypes of the border wall.