The Hyperloop project, traveling at 1,200 km / hour, could be a reality for people before 2020.
The technology of Hyperloop, the project of means to transport consisting of a capsule that levitates and moves inside a tube at 1,200 kilometers per hour, expects to start transporting travelers in 2018 or 2019, according to Efe explained the counselor Delegate, Dirk Ahlborn.
The director of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies indicates that Hyperloop is a capsule in which the passengers levitate inside a tube, in which there is a very low pressure, and that can move at a very fast speed with little energy and reach the speed of 1,200 kilometers.
Renewable energy, high speed, low construction costs are the ingredients of Hyperloop, a project promoted in 2013 by the entrepreneur Elon Musk (PayPal, Tesla and Space X) that, for the moment, only exists on paper. Hyperloop features professionals in exchange for a share of the company: 420 people from different countries, companies and universities devote more than 10 hours a week to the project. NASA, Boeing, Tesla, SpaceX, Cisco, Google, Yahoo, Airbus, Harvard, Stanford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Spanish company Next Limit Technologies are some of the organizations from which these professionals come.
Ahlborn has stated that Hyperloop combines technologies that already existed and that an operational design has already been developed that was tested in an 8km journey in Quay Valley (California). “At the end of 2014 we completed the feasibility study. We already have the technology. (…) We are working on the licenses, construction starts next year and in 2018 or in 2019 we will open for the public “, said the manager.” It is a prototype that works and with which we are going to move 10 million people every year. (…) In eight years, the investment will turn out to be profitable “, he added.
However, he has acknowledged that this design is still receiving changes every day and that the Hyperloop team has yet to solve certain aspects, such as the optimal design of boarding in devices that start every 30 seconds.
But, for a moment, let’s be able to ask ourselves:
? The Hyperloop project is really feasible and profitable for a private company, without public investment?
Can it be a new mode of transport for light goods such as postal mail, books, small formats?
What would Hyperloop mean for the ground transport of goods, necessary for the distribution? Is Hyperloop combined with the distribution with drones ?.
Victor Villas Fountain