Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, the vacuum tube-based train he once claimed would complete the 350-mile trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in half an hour, has taken its first baby steps towards reality after reaching 192mph in a test.
In concept, Hyperloop is not only faster than a regular train, it’s faster than any planes carrying the public around. If they work, he’ll even export them to Mars. It sounds outlandish, but Paypal, Tesla and SpaceX have gone well so far, so he has some credibility in the bank.
In this case, he’s an ideas man rather than an engineer, and the Nevada test was undertaken by Hyperloop One, one of several unaffiliated companies started up to make his dream a reality.
But if you haven’t been paying close attention, you might be surprised to find that things aren’t going exactly as planned.
It is not that fast
View original post 835 more words