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Inside the Hyperloop: the pneumatic travel system faster than the speed of sound
The Telegraph ^ | Aug 10, 2013 | Nick Allen

Posted on 08/10/2013 5:10:21 PM PDT by Optimist

It is called “The Hyperloop” and, according to the designer, it will be a revolutionary “fifth mode” of transport, eclipsing trains, planes, boats and automobiles.
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Billionaire Elon Musk’s CV is impressive, to say the least. He made his initial fortune from PayPal ... his SpaceX venture ... founded Tesla
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he would be publishing plans for the Hyperloop on Monday, August 12
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Mr Musk will not be patenting the design and it will be “open source”, meaning anyone can modify it, or try to build it.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Science; Society; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: billionaire; notthisagain; transportation; tube; vacuum
Mr Musk has denied it will be a so-called “vactrain”, a concept that is already being pursued by a company in Colorado. His idea “does involve a tube, but not a vacuum tube”, he said, adding: “Not frictionless, but very low friction.”

couldn't help myself:

1 posted on 08/10/2013 5:10:21 PM PDT by Optimist
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To: Optimist

LOL.

Here was my first thought.

2 posted on 08/10/2013 5:12:14 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: Optimist

What could possibly go wrong?


3 posted on 08/10/2013 5:20:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Optimist
Hyperloop = hyperbole.
4 posted on 08/10/2013 5:21:46 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SIDENET

5 posted on 08/10/2013 5:23:52 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

6 posted on 08/10/2013 5:24:35 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Optimist
Mr Musk’s intended location for the first Hyperloop is California, between Los Angeles and San Francisco. His motivation for the project came from disillusionment with the Golden State’s high speed rail project, which has been dubbed the “bullet train to nowhere” after a series of setbacks.

Well, why not?

Oh. Wait. California. Does anyone suppose the People's Republic of California would welcome competition with its hare-brained scheme?

Maybe the east coast.

7 posted on 08/10/2013 5:45:20 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Optimist
i thought the fifth mode was that stooopid Segway thing...
8 posted on 08/10/2013 5:46:33 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Optimist

This could actually be useful.


9 posted on 08/10/2013 5:46:34 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Optimist

Elon Musk is exceptionally smooth at getting government money and making the public think it is a private enterprise.


10 posted on 08/10/2013 5:52:16 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Optimist

Guess I’ll go waaaay out on a limb and say that maybe not every idea has been thought of yet, or at least not enough to be ridiculed on FR. Let’s see what he’s got and let the market decide. Sounds intriguing, you know at one point Horseless Carriages seemed pretty far-fetched too.


11 posted on 08/10/2013 6:16:27 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Optimist
 photo Hyperloop_2640797b.jpg
12 posted on 08/10/2013 6:27:27 PM PDT by mandaladon (The truth about Benghazi is all I want)
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A terrorist’s wet dream.


13 posted on 08/10/2013 6:31:28 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: BenLurkin

“What could possibly go wrong?”

I am continually amazed that people want to build so many buildings and train lines and now the possibility of a tube transportation device and all of them want them built over the most unstable area of the USA.
Makes for great disaster films.


14 posted on 08/10/2013 7:15:33 PM PDT by elephantlips
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To: Optimist

Musk is for real. And he’s only 42. Move over, Edison.


15 posted on 08/10/2013 7:39:23 PM PDT by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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Sorry .... This will never work..,,these things must be initiated by government drone workers.....not private enterprise.... / s


16 posted on 08/10/2013 7:54:33 PM PDT by JZoback
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To: carriage_hill
A terrorist’s wet dream.

Yep

And ounce a terrorist does their thing on the hyper then the TSA will do theirs then the time wasted and inconvenience will be equal to air travel.

17 posted on 08/10/2013 8:07:11 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: Optimist

And the taxpayer money will disappear faster than the speed of light.


18 posted on 08/10/2013 8:21:15 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Optimist

He’ll never get it built for 1/10 the cost of the current CA high-speed rail, and even if he could - never get the funding of $6.5B [much less anything more if it is more costly], and it’ll never be profitable ...


19 posted on 08/10/2013 9:25:19 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: bigbob

“Guess I’ll go waaaay out on a limb and say that maybe not every idea has been thought of yet,...”

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Leave out the mag-lev part and you have

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beach_Pneumatic_Transit


20 posted on 08/11/2013 4:07:10 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Roccus

Some more interesting history

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_railway


21 posted on 08/11/2013 4:16:20 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: fella

TSA. Reason #3 why I don’t fly commercial anymore. If I can’t get there driving and CCW, I don’t need to go.


22 posted on 08/11/2013 9:13:59 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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