High-Tech Hyperloop

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St. Louis, MO (STL.News) Missouri may soon be one of eleven U.S. states to see the installation of the Hyperloop One, the newest high-tech and high-speed transportation system.

The transportation system, first proposed by Tesla founder, Elon Musk, is the first of it’s kind. Now, founder of the Virgin empire, Richard Branson, is proposing the Hyperloop One. According to the official website, Hyperloops One’s mission is to “reinvent transportation to eliminate the barriers of time and distance and unlock vast economic opportunities [and]… to have operational systems by 2021 that validate our ability to design, finance and build a safe, revolutionary transportation technology that scales”.

Hyperloop One is a modern mode of transportation that will move individuals quickly and safely from their origin to their destination. Hyperloop One states, “ Passengers or cargo are loaded into the Hyperloop vehicle and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The vehicle floats above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. Hyperloop One systems will be built on columns or tunneled below ground to avoid dangerous grade crossings and wildlife. It’s fully autonomous and enclosed, eliminating pilot error and weather hazards. It’s safe and clean, with no direct carbon emissions”. It is estimated that the top speed of the Hyperloop can reach up to 700 mph.

What does this mean for Missouri? The proposed Hyperloop will serve roughly 5 million people and connect the states three major cities, St. Louis, Columbia, and Kansas City. The transportation system would follow I-70 and cut down travel time drastically. For reference, it takes approximately four hours to get from St. Louis to Kansas City. With the Hyperloop, individuals could travel 3-4 times faster between the three cities, in just under a half an hour.

Although Missouri’s terrain is not perfectly flat, the land still serves as a great landscape for the transportation system, as there are no high-speed competing systems.

Despite the Hyperloop One being in just the beginning stages of discussion, the agreement to look into the potential cost and societal impact is the first step to a faster future for transportation in Missouri.

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I hope Musk and Branson are soon announcing a Hyperloop connecting Stewart International Airport with downtown New York City. Only 66 miles! But when the three other NY Airports close like might happen today with snow storm, passengers must take a THREE HOUR bus ride to City. Any questions on Stewart Hyperloop, Contact Ken KinlockKen Kinlock

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