Tesla’s Hyperloop Train

We all know the company Tesla and it’s owner Elon Musk.  However, we might not all know that he is planning another huge innovation in consumer transportation, and it’s way bigger than the all electric car.  He is planning to build a train system that will get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 min, which is about a 400 mile trip that takes between 6 and 8 hours to drive.  Musk plans to build this train by using magnets and a airless tube.  The train will be put inside a tube with no air in it (a vacuum) and this will enable the train to not be affected by air resistance.  Along the tube there will be a series of magnets that will provide lift and propel the train down the tube.  It will be powered by solar panels that will sit on top of the tube. I’ve attached a video and an article to this post with more information about it.  It is an extremely interesting concept and if it works will forever change the way we travel.

5 thoughts on “Tesla’s Hyperloop Train

  1. Rafael Gabrieli

    I am completely baffled by this idea that Tesla owner Elon Musk is researching and developing. It would completely alter the future of travel forever. Being able to get across the state of California in thirty minutes is going to be so innovative and amazing that I automatically expect it to cost a fortune. Hopefully, the cost will not be driven up due to several constraints, such as technological equipments that are needed. If they manage to make it consumer-friendly, it is going to be one of the greatest inventions in the history of mankind in my opinion. Consumer transportation will be altered for the better and with time there will be a string of networks across the nation, and soon across the world.

    I did, however, wonder about how comfortable the ride will be, and whether it would be better to be put to sleep for it, because reaching such high speeds in such a low period of time will surely have a negative effect on the mind and body. Obviously it is a three hour time zone difference, so the jet lag will be noticeable. I love how it will be powered by solar panels because hopefully that alleviates some of the costs in the long run and allows consumers to pay less.

    Virtually, there will be no such thing as a long distance relationship, and theoretically, I would be able to work in California but reside in New york without a problem. This innovation could virtually change the future of every industry on the market. It is extremely exciting to think about and all I can hope for is that they manage to instill it in my lifetime, because it does sound very intricate and they have not even decided on a model for now.

  2. Mike Gavela

    Hyperloop is absolutely the solution to our current transportation needs. In today’s age we can travel from New York to Boston in about 4 hours via an Amtrack train. That’s roughly 200 miles in about 3 and a half hours. Or we can travel from Newark to San Francisco via plane and travel 3,000 miles in 5 hours. That’s roughly 600 mph in the air. With Hyperloop we will be able to travel 700 mph or roughly the distance from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes. This would disrupt and ultimately revolutionize how we travel today but only if the price per ticket can be brought down to a daily commuter.

    A round trip Amtrack ticket from New York to Boston goes anywhere from $300-400 while a direct flight from San Francisco to Newark goes for $500-600. Now for the average commuter these prices can be pretty steep and that is why a majority of people who make these frequent trips are paid for by their business. In order for Hyperloop to truly disrupt as implied in the video and blogpost it must become competitively priced. Yes, just the existence of Hyperloop would be disruptive and would be profitable. But in order for it to be revolutionary they must be able to hit a ticket price that appeals to the customer demand. I would assume for this price to be round trip <$100, but that's my opinion and I would love to hear from the rest of my class if they agree!

  3. Walker J. Mondt

    Mr. Solimini has written another, very interesting article. This article is about another Tesla masterpiece – the hyperloop train. The idea behind this is truly amazing. To think that within fifteen minutes you could travel so far is incredible. This technology would literally change everything about life as we know it. It would create a social mobility, the likes of which the world has never seen. People would flock from around the world just to see it.

    I believe that this is the future of transportation. It does raise some questions though, some of which are answered in the video. First, is it truly safe to travel at such speeds? Well as it shows in the video, most accidents on the railroads were due to human error, not the speed or the rail itself. This seems to be a common theory with Tesla. They want to do the impossible and take the human component out of the equation, this can be seen in their automatic driving cars. A question I have that is not answered is how much will this cost? The lack of an answer may be because nobody knows the answer.

    I also believe that this would fundamentally change society. This mobility would allow people to access a different journey that people before never had. They could go out and find opportunity. With increased social mobility the economy could flourish. I am excited to watch this unfold over the following decades. This is a pretty good blog post that brings forth a very interesting subject.

  4. Ryan Stetz

    The hyperloop train concept is an incredible idea. It is to no surprise that Elon Musk would be behind the innovative concept, trying to shake up the transportation world yet again. Elon Musk is one of the most successful CEOs in the world, and one that really is making differences in the industry he is a part of. Creating the hyperloop would change the way we as humans travel forever.
    Like explained in the video, the idea of travelling through tubes has been a concept for centuries. In fact, it has been used in television shows, movies, drawings, and so much more. However, the design of an actual hyperloop has been hard to manufacture. This is why Elon Musk turned to students at UCLA and the engineering community to come up with a strategy to make the train a real possibility. The idea is to built a train system that will get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes, a trip that takes between 6 and 8 hours to drive.
    It amazes me how much technology has brought the world together. It has made travelling and communicating so much easier, creating a real global economy and allowing people from all over the world to work together. For example, the telephone has allowed people to talk from across the world. The airplane has allowed people to travel from different hemispheres. As technology gets better and better, so do our relationships and ability to work together in companies. The hyperloop technology starts in California, but who knows where it can go from there? Imagine if there was a hyperloop train that allowed people to travel from California to New York City in an hour. That is a trip that takes several hours by plane. If this were to happen, it would allow for easier and safer travelling, and make doing business so much quicker.
    If we can make prices for a hyperloop train relatively cheap, this can have a serious impact on the airline and train industry. People travel for hours every day on these modes of transportation. But if a ticket costs half the price, and allows them to get to their destination quicker, than there is no competition. People in today’s environment want to save time and money all the time. This may be the solution to their needs and the greatest invention for those individuals.

  5. Ryan Jolluck

    Public transportation has been an important aspect to many cities and countries. The infrastructure has contributed to benefiting the economy and people of many countries. Japan and China especially has been leading in high speed travel. Japan with their Shinkansen or bullet train railway lines have speeds reach up to 320 km/h or 200 m/h. China possess magnetic levitated trains, in Shanghai. These trains reach the speeds 431 km/h. Maglev trains operate on the theory of reducing friction. Magnets create lift and propulsion of the trains, making it possible to reach high speeds. Tesla’s hyper loop train has the “passenger pods will travel inside tubes under a partial vacuum, and will be accelerated to blistering speeds using magnets. A set of fans attached to the pods will allow the train to rest on a cushion of air. The system would be powered by solar panels along the length of the tube… magnets for propulsion, relying on compressed air for lift”. With this technology, the predicted speeds with be around 1,200 km/h. A vast a brilliant difference with design and capability. I admire Musk ambition and introducing new forms of transportation to the United States. The benefits of “The Hyperloop… faster, cheaper and more energy-efficient form of travel than planes, trains or buses, its proponents say. However, it’s not yet known if the technology is feasible, or safe”. Though there are problems pertaining to “The tubes also have to maintain low-pressure air. “The problem with traveling in an evacuated tube is, if you lose the vacuum in the tube, everybody in the tube will crash,” Powell said. In addition, the vehicle’s compressor — which produces the air cushion on which the pods rest — can’t fail, or the pods will crash into the walls… The whole system is vulnerable to a single-point failure,” Powell said. For example, somebody could blow a hole in the tube’s side, or an earthquake (no rarity in California) could shift the tube by a fraction of an inch, both of which would cause the vehicles to crash. In superconducting maglev, by contrast, the magnets are very stable and operate reliably, Powell said”. This project will still have its challenges and may take another decade for it to come to its fruition. Though I look forward to the support of the government to pursue this project and become a reality.


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