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Solar Powered Hyperloop - Plans To Be Unveiled August 12

 

by Energy Matters

Elon Musk, Hyperloop and solar power
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.
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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.
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In an interview with PandoMonthly last year, Mr. Musk said Hyperloop would take passengers "from downtown LA to downtown San Francisco in under 30 minutes."
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Instead of putting a patent on the system, Mr. Musk will† publish Hyperloop as "open source".

The solar connection was mentioned in a Bloomberg article 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
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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.
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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 spacecraft.
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Mr. Musk was also one of the founders of PayPal; the world's most popular online payments service.
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