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The hyperloop idea that Elon Musk announced to the public is making some baby steps towards becoming a reality. Okay, so no one is talking about how any kind of new train system still needs to get land use rights and political approval, but the technology is inching its way towards becoming more than just an idea on paper. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Filed Under: elon musk, high speed rail, hyperloop, inductrack, magnetic levitation, magnets, transportation, vactrain
Companies: hendo, hyperloop one, hyperloop transportation technologies

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    Roger Strong (profile), 13 May 2016 @ 11:08am

    Re: Re: People by Pipeline

    No, I'm thinking of - if not a backhoe since these are to be above-ground - then a truck with insufficient overhead clearance denting the tube. Or the vacuum denting a weak tube. Or a wash-out taking out a supporting post and bending a tube.

    All of which will be best viewed from a distance when a train - with no real wiggle-room inside the tube - hits it at 700mph.

    Also that train is designed to NOT touch the rails at 700M but instead float above them. If there's a mere air leak, the train unexpectedly hitting full air pressure at 700mph, chanced are it's going to experience some uneven forces pushing it into the rails or the walls of the tube. Wear eye protection.

    None of this is at all insurmountable. But a commercial hyperloop system is no more "a couple years off" than Virgin Galactic's passenger flights were "a couple years off" after SpaceShipOne's flights in 2004.

    Less even, since we haven't had a SpaceShipOne-equivalent hyperloop test yet. This week's Hyperloop One demo was the equivalent of a bench-test of a sub-scale engine with no spaceship.

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