For a while, it seemed bullet trains were as good as railway transportation was going to get, but the 760mph Hyperloop could be our future’s train travel. Envisioned by tech-industry enthusiast Elon Musk, the project is said to have been in development for the past two years and its inching closer to its first real test in 2016, Southern California.
The Hyperloop was imagined as being able to transport both automobiles and people at stunning speeds of almost 800 miles per hour within its first presentation in 2013. It has piqued the curiosity of many when described as a mix of Concorde airplanes and a rail gun set on an air-hockey table.
That led to some simplified indications on how the futuristic train will work. The main compartment will have low pressure inside, similar to that of an airplane in high altitudes, with a different capsule within it for people. They will be suspended in a similar fashion as travel through the air, which is one of the basic components of the process.
The Hyperloop will remain lifted by a series of powerful air blasts from the rails bellow it and propelled forward at high speeds by magnetic linear accelerator that will make journey possible both under and above the ground.
It’s fast travel with low energy, stated that it will work solely on pure solar power. The cost of its making will undoubtedly be substantial, but the actual energy used will be minimal which might lower the price of the transportation itself. In comparison to the planned high-speed railway system that was the state’s plan, the Hyperloop could be faster, safer and more cost-efficient.
And the twist of its development has only recently been made public. None of the employees, including the CEO himself, Dirk Ahlborn, get paid.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is the main company with its hands all busied by the project, but none of the employers are paid a salary for their 10-hour-a-week work during their spare time. It could mean that the futuristic train will be a testament of true passion for science and technology, but while the payout isn’t instant, none will likely remain empty-handed.
The team of 360 people will all have a share when the project is finished and their name will be added to the list of contributors to what could be the fastest way of transport on land. Its potential is surely there and it’s not just the public who is excited.
Each and every single volunteer is said to show immense talent in their perspective fields, ranging from engineering to law or psychology. The CEO has expressed his excitement to the amount of capable and gifted people they have managed to gather for the promising, solar-fueled, fast-travelling, cost efficient train.
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