THE HYPERLOOP

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The fu­ture of green travel lies in today’s cut­ting-edge and fu­tur­is­tic in­no­va­tion, or per­haps, the Hyperloop. An idea con­cep­tu­al­ized by Elon Musk, the man be­hind Pay­pal, Tesla Mo­tors, and Spacex, has gen­er­ated a lot of ex­cite­ment and also skep­ti­cism.

Hyperloop is an el­e­vated tube through which cap­sules or pods travel. Three years ago, Musk re­leased the Al­pha de­sign for the Hyperloop, ex­tend­ing from Los Angeles to San Fran­cisco with the ca­pac­ity to trans­port pas­sen­gers be­tween the two cities in only 35 min­utes, at an av­er­age speed of over 600 miles per hour.

En­gi­neers have long tried to over­come the bar­ri­ers to high-speed

trans­porta­tion, which are: air re­sis­tance and fric­tion. Many ef­forts in the past, have been largely un­suc­cess­ful. While many have be­come suc­cess­ful by us­ing mag­net­i­cally lev­i­tat­ing trains. Musk’s pas­sen­ger cap­sules, how­ever, are slightly dif­fer­ent. Each of th­ese pods will travel through the steel tube, float­ing in one mil­lime­ter of air that is forced through the open­ings on the bot­tom of the cap­sule. The steel tube will be par­tial vac­uum, which will ul­ti­mately help in over­com­ing air re­sis­tance. The steel tube will be equipped with lin­ear in­duc­tion mo­tors, dic­tat­ing the ac­cel­er­a­tion and de­cel­er­a­tion of each pod. The pods will be equipped with an in­let fan and air com­pres­sor on the front. The Hyperloop will be pow­ered by so­lar pan­els and will be com­pletely emis­sions-free.

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