Elon Musk’s Hyperloop could become the future of fast transportation. It’s proven to be faster than Japan’s bullet train and even faster than Boing747, it could go up to more than 1000kmph. It’s a magnetic pod levitating inside a tube and could go to San Francisco from Los Angeles in 45 minutes (in theory) living and working in two different cities manageable.
Elon Musk pitched the idea back in 2013 and it became instantly popular as the paper included everything from cost, design and safety measures, all in theory. The technology to make it all possible was recently tuned- “Magnetic Levitation”. It allows the hyperloop to go super fast through the tube as there is less friction between the tube-shaped track and passenger-carrying pods. The basic concept is- the magnetic tube repels the passenger-carrying pods, levitating the pods as it runs.
There are many companies who are trying to work on a hyperloop and make the best magnetic combination to give passengers the smoothest ride. The main difference between the existing Mag-Lev trains and hyperloop is air-resistance; both companies are installing vacuum pumps in every 10kms so the air is sucked out and there is no air resistance. Theoretically, the hyperloop can travel even faster than the speed of sound, but the primary concern is the safety of the passengers, and the hyperloop will be designed to have both.
In November 2020, Josh Giegel, Co-founder & CTO of Virgin Hyperloop became the first to ever ride the Hyperloop. To test the safety, the prototype travelled 500 metres, reaching 107 miles in 6.25 seconds. The company wants to work on the experience of the ride to make it much smoother and comfortable.
The actual hyperloop will carry around 28 passengers, moving around 3000 passengers every hour. The construction of many more hyperloop, the route for hyperloop and to pass the safety regulations will take up many more years