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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), 12 May 2016 @ 7:29pm

    > has tested an open air demo of its prototype train

    They tested a linear induction motor. These have been around for over a century and have been used in maglev trains since the mid-1980s.

    NOT in the demo: The train, and the evacuated tubes it runs in. The test was one step beyond a PowerPoint presentation to wow investors.

    A serious test will include not just an actual train running in an actual evacuated tube, but a demonstration of the pressure doors that let the train move at high speed between non-pressurized (passenger loading) sections and pressurized sections of the tube. And the emergency braking system used at 700mph when a door doesn't open.

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