Elon Musk led Hyperloop, the high speed transportation network that aims to runs at the speed of sound, shall be having its first test run done in a few months from Las Vegas. It will soon test the Hyperloop One to prove that it can carry passengers at speeds close to the speed of sound.
Hyperloop’s concept was first put forward by the billionaire tech genius Elon Musk in 2013 and the first test which was conducted in May 2016 was a success. 2016 has been an eventful year for the Los Angeles, California based Hyperloop as it has proven all of its critics wrong by successfully testing its supersonic travel tubes hence proving that their concept works.
Hyperloop has also had many discussions with officials in Russia, Great Britan, China, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden and Dubai to introduce the high speed transportation network. The City of Dubai has already announced that it will be welcoming Hyperloop One as it has signed a deal with the company. Hyperloop shall connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The journey currently takes over an hour to complete the 123 km by car. The trip by Hyperloop would be cut to just 12 minutes.
Hyperloop consists of a tube that is filled with air at extremely low pressure. The passengers will be seated in pods that are inside the tube. The pods will levitate with the air in the tube. Due to the low air pressure, the pods can travel very fast with very little air friction due to the low pressure. The pods will travel at speeds that may reach and cross 800 miles per hour.
The main reason that Hyperloop is in the news is that the Government of California has estimated a rail network between Los Angeles and San Fransisco would cost about $68 billion, while Elon Musk has said that he can complete the task in $6 billion.
Hyperloop also aims to form a new Silk route to transport cargo from one place to another, effectively replacing freight containers.