WEDNESDAY 17 JULY, 2013 |
Solar Powered Hyperloop - Plans To Be Unveiled August 12
Elon Musk, head of Tesla Motors, says he will soon unveil plans for "Hyperloop"
- a solar powered transportation system that will move people at over 1,000
kilometres per hour.
The Hyperloop concept was first mentioned last year by Musk and was described as
being a cross between a Concorde, railgun and an air hockey table. Mr. Musk says
a Hyperloop established between San Francisco and Los Angeles would cost around US$6
billion; ten percent of the price of a proposed high speed rail system.
In an interview with PandoMonthly
last year, Mr. Musk said Hyperloop would take passengers "from downtown LA to downtown San Francisco in under 30
Instead of putting a patent on the system, Mr. Musk will† publish Hyperloop
as "open source".
The solar connection was mentioned in a Bloomberg
in September 2012.
"What you want is something that never crashes, thatís at least twice as
fast as a plane, thatís solar powered and that leaves right when you arrive,
so there is no waiting for a specific departure time," said Mr. Musk
Coming from anyone else, the Hyperloop idea may be disregarded as a pipe dream;
but Elon Musk's accumulated tech street cred has many eagerly anticipating the
unveiling of the plans and the possibility of a highly energy efficient
super-fast transportation system.
In addition to founding Tesla Motors, Mr. Musk is also the founder of SpaceX and
is Chairman of SolarCity. SpaceX is a space transport company headquartered in Hawthorne, California.
Last year SpaceX made history as the world's first privately held company to send
cargo to the International Space Station; which was executed using SpaceX's Dragon
Mr. Musk was also one of the founders of PayPal; the world's most popular online
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