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Old 10-31-2013, 11:18 AM   #61
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Looking for volunteers for the first test run!
Nah. Already been done:

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Maybe some of the people who don't get picked for the first one-way trip to Mars will volunteer.
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HyperLoop design coming

Perhaps we will see a 1st gen Hyperloop in the not to distant future.

http://fortune.com/2015/02/26/hyperl...ampaign=buffer


"A company called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies says itís ready to build a five-mile prototype track for the Hyperloop system first proposed by Musk in a 2013 paper. HTT plans to build the track in Californiaís Quay"
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The picture at the top of the linked article gives me the creeps.
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The picture at the top of the linked article gives me the creeps.
The HyperLoop drawing or the Viagra ad?

I can't wait. I think it's great concept. I've always wanted to be able to ride in one of those tubes at the drive in window at the bank. This would be nearly as cool.
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The HyperLoop drawing or the Viagra ad?

I can't wait. I think it's great concept. I've always wanted to be able to ride in one of those tubes at the drive in window at the bank. This would be nearly as cool.
So the alternative is that Elon Musk comes up with a "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" machine, so we can all ride in the bank tubes. If anyone can do it, Musk can.


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Some of the newer tech studies indicate that, for the same capsule/vehicle size, the tubes have to be considerably bigger (approx 4M diameter IIRC) than originally envisioned by Musk. This is to prevent supersonic flow of the remaining air around the train.

Also, some who have looked at the idea question the ride quality. The biggest issue seems to be the alignment of the tubes: even if they are just 1/4" out of true "straight" (often tough/expensive to do in real world CE projects, given settling and seismic issues) that's going to be a very uncomfortable ride at 800 MPH. Jittery, bumpy, supersonic air screaming by, no windows, strong acceleration forces on start up, light/heavy in the seat as the tube varies in elevation over rivers, etc at 800 MPH --"Stand by to board the Vomit Comet Northbound to Frisco! Thirty minutes of fun. Just a few more minutes while we finish hosing out the cars, then we will board."

Maybe passengers aren't the best cargo for this thing. Freight has much lower safety and comfort criteria, can pay just as much on a per-pound basis, and has fewer ancillary issues (luggage handling, medical emergencies, etc.). And a Hyperloop freight terminal with links to surface/air transport would be much cheaper to build than a passenger terminal and could use land well outside of the expensive built-up urban areas. As freight pilots know, the best thing about that job is "boxes don't complain."
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