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Hyperloop Technologies: Changing the way we travel (Ali Hyperloop 14)

In 2013, entrepreneur Elon Musk, proposed a conceptual high-speed transportation system called the ‘Hyperloop’.

And while construction of the “Hyperloop” itself is still in the startup phase, both current and former students at UCLA’s IDEAS campus have already envisioned what the Hyperloop travel experience would be like.

“We were just looking at the data of Elon’s white paper and expanding it, taking it to the next level,” explained former UCLA graduate student Matt Whitham. “How big would a Hyperloop station have to be? What would the interior of the capsule look like? How to design it? Would you be able to stand up inside of the capsule while going 760 miles an hour?”

The idea is that passengers would ride inside capsules, at tremendously high speeds, in pneumatic tubes. A cross-continent trip that today takes days could be completed in mere hours.

“It changes the perception of space it changes the perspective of time, it’s going to be revolutionary,” says UCLA Professor Marta Nowak.

And, as Full Frame Contributor Sandra Hughes found out, reinventing the way we all travel is no small challenge.

See Video http://www.cctv-america.com/2016/06/11/hyperloop-technologies-changing-the-way-we-travel

Russian Railways taps into Hyperloop transportation technology, with GE and SNCF (Ali Hyperloop 13)

Russia has confidently tapped into hyperloop train technology for moving both freight and passengers at speeds of up to 1,200 kph. Russian Railways and Hyperloop One are exploring together the possibility of using the futuristic technology. General Electric and SNCF could join Russia’s Hyperloop pilot project as investors, declared the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Kirill Dmitriev (TASS).

“We’re now discussing with Russian Railways first pilot projects and therefore will hopefully be testing them in the nearest future in Russia as well, and such major investors as General Electric and SCNF, the leading industrial companies, are putting their faith in the project and obviously we hope it will be successful in Russia as well,” he said.

Hyperloop One, the Russian group of companies Summa (owner of Fesco, one of the largest Russian shipowners and operators of port infrastructure with integrated rail and logistics operations), and Moscow Government have signed an agreement to explore building Hyperloop One systems in Russia’s capital region. The deal was signed at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum by Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin, Summa Group chairman Ziyavudin Magomedov and Hyperloop One chairman and co-founder Shervin Pishevar. According to Hyperloop One, discussions with Russia’s federal government are underway for a second feasibility study, with an agreement expected later this year.

“Our longer term vision is to work with Russia to implement a transformative new Silk Road: a cargo Hyperloop that whisks freight containers from China to Europe in a day,” Pishevar stated.

Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov said that the Russian government proposed Primorye-2 transportation corridor as the pilot stage for hyperloop. The 70 km long corridor connects the ports in the southwest of Primorye – Posiet, Zarubino and Slavyanka – with China’s northeastern provinces. According to him, China has also expressed interest to co-fund the project. “We have a fund to support the Silk Road projects. I believe that this project may count on 100% co-financing from this fund,” he said.

RDIF also announced yesterday that it made investments in Hyperloop One. RDIF committed funds to the company during the Series B financing round, which closed in April 2016. A number of leading international investors participated in this round alongside RDIF. Among them are: Sherpa Ventures, Formation 8, ZhenFund, Caspian Venture Partners, 137 Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Fast Digital, Western Technology Investment (WTI), GE Ventures, as well as SNCF.

“RDIF pays great attention to the development of transport infrastructure, including the technological advances that will shape the future of the transport industry. Our investment in Hyperloop One project will facilitate the arrival of cutting-edge technologies in Russia. RDIF and its international partners will provide support to the project not only in Russia but also in the Middle Eastern and Asian markets.”

RUSSIA is Running Away With HYPERLOOP; (Ali Hyperloop 12)p

Hyperloop One unveils Russia deal with goal of new Silk Road
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High-speed transport link planned for Russia’s Far East
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Meeanwhile, back in the United States, a preliminary plan on Hyperloop has been has been presented to the State of Kentucky government.

This plan which contains a High Speed Link between Chicago and Louisville will be presented to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer by James W. Stokes Jr, Senior Partner of JWH Financial Services, LLC.

Elon Musk’s Partners Propose Bad Idea For the L Train Shutdown

Today is a first for me! Normally my major “product lines” do not clash with each other. But today we have NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority clashing with some of the folks involved with HYPERLOOP.

Who wants to climb into this bowel bobbing in the river? With the likely L train shutdown looming in 2019—affecting 250,000 people who commute between Manhattan and Brooklyn daily—it’s time to look at possible solutions. One solution is turning parts of 14th Street into a bus, bicycle, and pedestrian only zone. And then, there’s this:

“Imagine a giant condom,” says Gonzalez Cruz from AECOM, LA’s infrastructure design mega-firm which does work for NASA and has partnered with Elon Musk for the Hyperloop project. Last weekend, among variedly reasonable ideas for the pending L train shutdown proposed at the Van Alen Institute in Manhattan, AECOM came up with the “L Transporter.” It’s basically a 2,400-foot fiberglass-fabric tunnel “immersed” in the East River that would let people walk and bike over, under, over and under the water.

Parts of the tunnel would bob above the surface while other segments could be anchored to the river floor, allowing for boat traffic to pass above it, they said. They also envisioned projecting images onto the tunnel’s interior walls in order, “to provide a cross between art and technology for New Yorkers,” Cruz said.

Finally! Someone providing a cross between art and technology for New Yorkers. Surely, “projecting images” would make the experience of crowds shuffling through a constipated wobbly underwater intestine less of a nightmare.

The project, being financially unrealistic, did not win the $1,000 contest prize or get an honorable mention.

Marina Galperina / GAWKER
Image: AECOM

What Does The Solar Impulse Control Center Have To Do With Hyperloop (Ali No 10)

The Solar Impulse Control Center is about an airplane that is close to flying around the World WITHOUT ANY FUEL…Only the sun. It is fantastic! More in a New York minute.

Hyperloop is reinventing transportation to eliminate barriers of time and distance by using Hyperloop transport to move cargo and passengers immediately, safely, efficiently, and sustainably. Hyperloop is a tradename and a registered trademark of the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation for the high speed transportation of passengers and goods in tubes in which capsules are propelled by linear induction motors and air compressors. The driving force behind it is Elon Musk

Muhammad Ali Hyperlink is about a ground-based project. It wants to use the Elon Musk technology to move passengers and cargo between Chicago and Louisville, Kentucky.

We now return to the Solar Impulse Control Center.

On the occasion of the round-the-world trip by the “Solar Impulse” solar-powered aircraft, an initiative supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Prince’s Government, the Prince Albert II Foundation is offering an opportunity to visit the Monaco Control Center – the mission’s strategic center – in the presence of the Solar Impulse teams. We took them up on their offer and immediately saw the connection between the projects!!!

The adventure began with Bertrand Piccard’s vision that clean technologies and energy efficiency can reduce our emissions and improve our quality of life. It led up to the attempt of the First Round-The-World Solar Flights, with in July 2015 André Borschberg’s 5-day 5-night record-breaking flight from Japan to Hawaii, using only the power of the sun. Not sci-fi, but eccentric enough to appeal to the people’s emotions and get their adrenalin pumping. It would have made a great Jules Verne story a few decades back.

«A Jules Verne dream of today means the urge to explore the unknown and the force to do good, which must continue to inspire human beings. Take your time, be patient and determined, wrote my great grandfather Jules Verne, for everything great that has ever been achieved in the world, is the result of exaggerated ambitions. And it is this spirit that Bertrand Piccard symbolizes best in this project, which is ambitious but of universal benefit to mankind.»
Jean Verne

One could easily imagine oneself in a Jules Verne novel: a team wanting to promote renewable energies sets off round the world in a solar airplane, aiming to fly without fuel or pollution…

By writing the next pages in aviation history with solar energy, and voyaging around the world without fuel or pollution, meeting the public enthusiasm, Solar Impulse is the messenger for Bertrand Piccard’s initial vision, written in 2004:

« Our ambition for Solar Impulse is for the worlds of exploration and innovation to make a contribution to the cause of renewable energies. We want to demonstrate the importance of clean technologies for sustainable development; and to place dreams and emotions back at the heart of scientific adventure.

The public, which gets excited about great adventures, is ready to join the dreams of pioneers and explorers. Solar Impulse wants to mobilize this enthusiasm in favor of technologies that will allow decreased dependence on fossil fuels and induce positive emotions about renewable energies.

Public attention must be drawn towards the changes necessary to ensure our planet’s energy and ecological future. Also, a positive and stimulating image of environmental protection must demonstrate that the alternative energy sources, related to new technologies, can achieve what some consider impossible. »

« The problem with our society is that, despite all the grand talk about sustainable development, we are a long way from making use of the clean technologies that are already available to us. Those solutions bring opportunities to create jobs, make profit, sustain the growth of the industry, and at the same time protect the environment. »
Bertrand Piccard

So when the world decided to react in 2015, by setting ambitious goals during the COP21 climate conference, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg were of course there to show decision makers that climate change is not an expensive problem requiring heavy financial and behavioral sacrifices, but rather a unique opportunity.

Solar Impulse descends directly from a long tradition of exploration, scientific development and protection of the environment. Never before has one family had such an impact on the world of exploration as Auguste, Jacques and Bertrand Piccard.

This dynasty has been inventing and exploring for three generations: with the grandfather came the pressurized capsule and the first flight in the stratosphere, with the father, the bathyscaphe and the absolute deep-sea diving record, and with the son, the first non-stop, round-the-world, balloon flight. But what each father passed on to his son was not only the passion for adventure, but also the will to improve life on Earth and protect the environment.

« The question now is not so much whether humans can go even further afield and populate other planets, but rather how to organize things so that life on Earth becomes more worthy of living. »
Auguste Piccard, 1931

« The public has not yet woken up to the extent and seriousness of the problem of pollution. »
Jacques Piccard, 1972

« Adventure in the 21st Century consists of applying human creativity and the pioneering spirit to developing a quality of life which present and future generations have a right to expect. »
Bertrand Piccard, 2004

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Mission Control Center

It is in the Mission Control Center where all the needed information and data will be collected and processed to configure the flights. In search of the most suitable patterns for the Round-the-World route, several thousand flights have been simulated since 2005, taking account of varying meteorological conditions.

In permanent contact via satellite with the airplane, the Mission Control Center (MCC) is the pilot’s “guardian angel ”.

Twenty specialists anticipate every possible scenario and transmit information enabling the pilot to follow the optimum flight plan andcomplete his mission successfully.

Flight Director

The Flight Director manages the team, and together with the pilot, takes the main strategic decisions.
Meteorologists

Meteorologists analyze the weather forecasts to find a suitable window for the flight, as well as a favourable routing.
Air Traffic Controllers

They coordinate the flight trajectory with regional control centres.
Mathematicians

The team calculates the flight parameters, taking into account meteorological data, amount of sunshine and air traffic restrictions.
Capcom

The Capcom team is responsible for direct voice communications with the pilot.
Mission Control Center Monaco (MCC)
Speaking with the pilot from the MCC
Engineers

Engineers draw up the flight plan and monitor the aircraft’s technical data.

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PHOTO CAPTION: H.S.H. Prince Albert II (center) with Solar Impulse founders and pilots: Bertrand Piccard (left), André Borschberg

Solar Impulse II Flight Control Center Locates to Monaco
Around-the-world solar flight that will launch from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in early March, returning by July 2015, will be controlled from Monaco.

With the assistance of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, the global flight control center for the around-the-world flight of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 opened in the principality of Monaco. Powered by thousands of solar cells on its wings and tail, the giant four-engine electric airplane aims to be the first to circumnavigate the globe without burning a drop of petroleum.

Prince Albert II has long been a champion of sustainable energy and clean transportation, sponsoring alternative vehicle expositions over the last couple decades.

Solar Impulse 2 will debate from Abu Dhabi for Oman, its first leg. From there, its pilot will fly across the Indian Ocean to the subcontinent. It’s next legs will take it to Burma and then China. In a non-stop flight expected to last as much as five days, the single pilot, either Bertrand Piccard or Andre Boschberg, will fly to Hawai’i. The next leg will again be overwater and end in Phoenix. With two more US stops, the plane will cross the Atlantic for either southern Europe or North Africa, concluding where it started: Abu Dhabi.

Planning and tracking of the flight will be from the Monaco control center. Live progress of the flight can be followed on the http://www.solarimpulse.com web site, as well as social media.

The Future Of Freight (HYPERLOOP Ali No 9)

Yes we are excited about HYPERLOOP!

We want to carry passengers between Chicago and Louisville.But JWH Financial Services has never carried a passenger anywhere.

There are some great technology articles on HYPERLOOP ONE. a company working to make business magnate Elon Musk’s magnetic tube travel dream a reality, has been making significant progress in the last few weeks, including a cost-softening “tube deformer.” Could the pipe dream become pipe reality? A Hyperloop is a theoretical high-speed transportation system in which capsules containing cargo — and eventually passengers — would be placed in reduced-pressure tubes and launched at almost 800mph. The speed would significantly reduce traveling time between US cities. Los Angeles to San Francisco (usually 5 hours), for example, would take a mere 36 minutes in the Hyperloop.In just the past few weeks, Hyperloop One announced its first public test on a track in the Nevada desert, followed by a prototype pod and a new “tube deformer” revealed on Instagram on June 8.

Here is the link: Hyperloop One

Sorry for the format, but WordPress changed how you added links but told nobody. SHAME ON YOU WORDPRESS.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) says it has created a new material that is ten times stronger than steel but 5 times lighter than aluminum. Think about that for a minute. Assuming those claims can be verified and also assuming the material is not otherworldly expensive, it may take the place of carbon fiber the way Saran Wrap displaced waxed paper.

But I never said we were techies. We are good at logistics.

We know air, trucking,ocean and especially rail.

The future of freight transportation is taking shape. While bursting with opportunity, the shifts will see any who don’t adapt discarded to the bone yard of history. We’ve seen this to a degree already with the robot revolution taking place on factory floors. Outsourcing has taken the brunt of the blame for disappearing manufacturing jobs, but automation is just as culpable. That’s “progress,” and it’s not sentimental. Why would a manufacturer who can automate pay more for less efficiency? Nostalgia? Explain that one to shareholders.

The logistics overhaul is already in the news. How is the industry responding to the piling on of regulations that constrict drivers and prevent them from meeting delivery deadlines? It’s turning to new technology, investing in driverless trucks. Wal-Mart introduced its prototype last year; this year a start-up founded by former engineers from Google’s self-driving vehicle unit is taking up the mantle, looking for 1,000 volunteer truckers to have the technology retrofitted on their rigs. The irony won’t be immediately apparent, as the company says truckers will still be onboard. But the future will keep on coming; what do you suppose will happen once this technology has been long perfected?

Hit the road, Jack.

Above the trucks, skies will be abuzz with drones making on-demand deliveries. A few are up there already, but the full realization isn’t far behind. Why? Andreas Raptopoulos, founder and CEO of Matternet recently explained to MarketWatch: “It’s much more cost-, energy- and time-efficient to send [a blood sample] via drone, rather than send it in a two-ton car down the highway with a person inside to bring it to a different lab for testing.” And that’s just B2B; what are the parcel carriers and final-mile truckers planning for when Amazon eventually rolls out its massive drone fleet?

The development I’m excited about is Hyperloop. If you haven’t heard of it, essentially the design is a network of tubes through which a magnetically levitating pod travels at speeds of up to 700 miles per hour, shortening travel time between Los Angeles and San Francisco, for instance, to just 30 minutes. While the concept isn’t new, the basic science for making it a reality was hashed out by Elon Musk (he noodled on it while stuck in L.A. traffic) who then open-sourced it to anyone willing to make it a reality. Musk was apparently busy pioneering the electric car industry, the solar industry, dabbling in A.I. and, y’know, colonizing Mars.

Futuristic as the Hyperloop sounds, a company that jumped on the technology, Hyperloop One, recently conducted a successful acceleration test in Nevada that had its CEO harkening to the Wright Bros.’ “Kitty Hawk” moment. But here’s what we know: It may be a while before you grab dinner at a chic San Fran restaurant before the Dodger game, but the Hyperloop’s first tasks will be to move freight. This makes sense; no lives will be at stake, and if something catastrophic happens, it will be to non-living/breathing goods that can be replaced if properly insured.

Airline execs are supposedly gritting their teeth and maybe even plotting against the Hyperloop, but what about the rail companies, long-haul truckers and even air cargo execs? Should they not be as worried?

Let me back up and say I started thinking about all this while working on the first-time feature we’re publishing in this issue, “13 Logistics Thought Leaders,” which salutes well-deserving executives who have been ahead of the curve in the industry—and in some cases are shaping the curve. While the feature focuses on their successes rather than tomorrow’s technologies, I found myself wondering who among them would embrace these advancements first.

Embrace competitive technology? Well, yeah. It’s mom’s old advice, right? “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” Rather than fight against the future, if in 10 years your shipment is zipping along the BNSF track of the new Hyperloop, arriving faster, safer and cheaper thanks to some forward-thinking executives who accepted the new era would come and jumped onboard, wouldn’t everyone win?

Well, everyone except the ex-engineer.

And herein lies the problem. The march of “progress” always leaves casualties in its boot tracks. It’s easy enough for me to embrace this future—I only write about the transportation industry. It did occur to me though, if I were the CEO of Delta, for example, I would invest in Hyperloop technology the instant it proved viable. It may indeed be damaging to air travel, but travelers will still need attendants, tracks and vehicles will still need maintenance, and who knows what other needs will arise—a slow transition could save a lot of jobs, and whoever plans ahead will be well positioned. Likewise with freight transportation, a long view of the future, embraced by the right executives, will make for an exciting, thriving logistics industry a decade or two from now.

The Muhammad Ali Hyperlink (No. 8) (Was Chicago South Hyperloop)

We have a new name now! We still leave Chicago, cross Indiana and end up in Louisville. We are still promoting HYPERLOOP. But we are now named after Muhammad Ali, the most famous citizen of Louisville, Kentucky.

Pictured above driving Muhammad Ali is Mozell Axson, the Manager of the Financial Group for JWH Financial Services, LLC (our parent company).

Chicago South Hyperloop (No. 6 ) Now It Is Getting Clearer

We started out ahead of Hyperloop declaring the intent to build a passenger railroad from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky. We had several intermediate stations along the way. Then along came Hyperloop. Not a railroad but a whole new concept! Things would be different! Big distances like San Francisco to Los Angeles. Freight. Why didn’t we think of that? Too used to seeing little UPS and FedEx trucks clogging highways.

Then we see this:

Hyperloop’s first priority is local runs, not Elon Musk’s S.F.-L.A. original idea

Rocketing commuters between Los Angeles and San Francisco isn’t the first run expected by top executives working on Elon Musk‘s hyperloop idea

Hyperloop One is planning to prove it can move freight first, and then people, through local tubes it hopes to build along existing routes, such as highways 101 or 280 from the South Bay to San Francisco.

“We don’t have to go 800 miles to add value with hyperloop,” Rob Lloyd, who became Hyperloop One CEO after leaving his job as Cisco Systems No. 2 executive last summer, told me in an interview for this week’s Silicon Valley Business Journal cover story.“We can go 40 miles and add a tremendous amount of value.”

Musk dreamed up hyperloop in 2012 as an alternative to the $60 billion-plus high-speed rail project that California officials approved.

“How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and (the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) – doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars – would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world?” he asked in a paper that elaborated on his idea the next year.

But Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One — perhaps the most advanced of the groups working to make Musk’s dream a reality — aren’t looking to compete directly with the high-speed rail proposed between the Bay Area and L.A.

“Everybody talks about L.A. to San Franscisco, but that isn’t the big story,” Joe Lonsdale, the co-founder of Palantir Technologies who is a Hyperloop One investor and its vice-chairman, told me. “That’s exciting but what is 100 times more exciting is L.A. to L.A. and S.F. to S.F., East Bay to S.F., or North Bay or South Bay to S.F. What is much more exciting is a metropolitan impact.”

Hyperloop One did its first test run on a half-mile track it built in the desert north of Las Vegas on May 11. The test involved a 10-foot sled with a propulsion motor that went on a 2-second trip at about 116 miles per hour before it hit a pile of sand to slow it back down. It didn’t have any brakes yet.

Just saw another new article:

Futuristic chinese bus concept: the elevated bus rides high above the roadway allowing traffic to pass underneath.

Well, we have the idea to run down on the Interstate 65 median strip.

We are not so far off at all.

Two competing L.A. companies are developing a “hyperloop” to move people at 750 mph in a frictionless tube. Can it really work?
At a high-tech garage in West Hollywood a computerized robotic system ‘stacks’ cars for efficient use of parking space.
In Fillmore, a 1913 steam powered locomotive is still going strong giving passengers an authentic taste of classic railroad travel.

Chicago South Hyperloop No. 5: Take a look inside this Hyperloop pod to allay your claustrophobia

Augmented windows, motion capture technology… plush leather interior?

The most common reaction I get when explaining the concept of the Hyperloop to people who have never heard of it is: “Hell no.” No one wants to be the first to step inside a windowless pod that careens through an airless tube at almost twice the speed of sound. No one wants to imagine what could happen to their bodies if something goes wrong. No one wants to be liquified, Roger Corman-style.

One startup, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, is working on waylaying those fears through — what else? — pretty pictures of cool technology. The company, which is based in LA, is very good at releasing loads of images of a transportation system that, so far, does not yet exist in the world. And this morning, at a technology conference in Vienna, the company’s executives played a video that shows what a passenger experience could be like inside one of their pods.

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While its rival Hyperloop One is more focused on using the far-out transportation system to move freight — the startup recently announced plans to study using the Hyperloop to move cargo between the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles — Hyperloop Transportation aims to convince skeptics that its system will be safe for passengers. Today, the company announced it would be using a new type of super-strong carbon fiber called Vibranium to make its pods extra safe.

But look inside that capsule! Can’t you imagine kicking back in one of those deliciously beige leather seats, latest issue of Monocle resting in your lap, as you’re whisked along at 760 mph from San Francisco to LA? Or Bratislava to Budapest? (HTT has a signed contract with the Eastern European country Slovakia.)

Of course, when you’re looking out the window, what you’ll see won’t actually be the passing scenery, but a video of the passing scenery, or a scenery simulation. Real windows in a Hyperloop pod would only show the interior of the tube through which it’s traveling, and that sounds dark and boring.

That’s why HTT is working with a Munich-based company called Re’Flekt, which specializes in virtual and augmented reality. According to the video above, interactive panels that display the time, weather, and route of your Hyperloop pod could be a substitute for real windows. Motion-capture technology could adjust the image depending on where you’re looking.Keep in mind, HTT has yet to publicly test any prototypes, unlike Hyperloop One, which conducted an open-air test of its propulsion system a few weeks ago. So while this all looks intriguing and cool, they’re just renderings, which by their very nature are intriguing and cool. It will take a lot more to convince people, especially those who enjoy having bodies, to throw caution to the wind and step foot inside a Hyperloop pod.

 HTT

Take a closer look

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Chicago South Hyperloop No. 4 – Are You Ready to Hyperloop?

(From the Huffington Post)

Would you like to have Hyperloop in your city?

I’m proud to be a founding Board Member of Hyperloop One (the new name for what was formerly known as Hyperloop Technologies).

Last week, I was in the Nevada desert for the Hyperloop Propulsion Open Air Test with the rest of the board, the Hyperloop One team, and hundreds of members of the press.

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Hyperloop

If you’re not familiar with Hyperloop One, consider what it would be like to travel on the ground at 760+ mph (faster than a jet airplane).

Here are some fun travel examples:

  • L.A. >> San Francisco in 35 minutes
  • Montreal >> Toronto in 30 minutes
  • L.A. >> Vegas in 20 minutes
  • Dubai >> Abu Dhabi in 15 minutes
  • London >> Paris in 15 minutes

In this blog, I am going to give an overview of the Hyperloop and explain how you could bring this transportation system to your city through the Hyperloop Challenge.

What is Hyperloop?

In 2013, Elon Musk and a group of engineers from Tesla and SpaceX published a speculative design document for a concept they called “The Hyperloop.”

Born out of frustration with California’s plan for a bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco (the slowest and most expensive per mile bullet train around, with an estimated cost of $70 billion), the vision for the Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation system that could take travelers from San Francisco to L.A. in 35 minutes for a fraction of the cost.

In other words, it’s a “vacuum tube transportation network” that will be able to travel at around 760 mph (1200 kilometers per hour) – on land and underwater.

The team is led by Brogan BamBrogan, who did the design work on the second-stage engine of SpaceX’s Falcon 1 and was the lead architect for the heat shield of the Dragon capsule.

This team is going big and bold, and they’re doing it the right way.

The just closed their latest round of funding of $80 million and achieved a MAJOR technology milestone last week.

The Hyperloop Propulsion Open Air Test

Last Wednesday, the Hyperloop One team held what was essentially its first test run, conducting a “propulsion open-air test.”

The team built a half-mile track 35 miles north of Vegas to test its custom-designed linear electric motor at speeds of 540 km/hour.

The motor accelerated from zero to 100 mph in about 1 second and proceeded down the track until stopped by a custom, sand-based braking system. It was a smashing success!

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This was the first of a series of unique innovations from the Hyperloop One team, including advancements in propulsion, tube design and fabrication, levitation systems, pod designs, and thermodynamics and systems engineering.

Hyperloop One’s new CEO Rob Lloyd (past Global President of Cisco) notes that passing this hurdle means they are well on their way to having a full-scale hyperloop to test by the end of the year – on a projected 2-mile track reaching full speeds of over 700 mph.

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Hyperloop’s Kitty Hawk Moment — End of This Year!

In 1903, the Wright brothers flew their aircraft for the first time in Kitty Hawk, NC.

The flight lasted only 12 seconds and covered a distance of just 120 feet, but it marked a major milestone in human history: humanity realized that powered flight was real.

This moment changed the face of transportation forever.

Today, every major city throughout the world has an airport, and thousands of airlines fly between them, transporting millions of passengers daily.

Rob Lloyd calls this week’s Open Air Test Hyperloop One’s “pre-Kitty Hawk Moment.”

He expects the Hyperloop One team will have their real Kitty Hawk moment by the end of this year.

Just as in 1903, when few people realized how much the world would change as a result of that first flight, we have likely not yet fully grasped how much the world will change because of Hyperloop.

Lloyd is already looking towards the future — noting that once the Hyperloop is fully functional, “we then imagine how we’re going to take this technology and solve the world’s toughest problems.”

As to where the Hyperloop goes, well… maybe it’s up to you! Keep reading…

The Hyperloop Challenge

Want the Hyperloop to come to your city?

Hyperloop One is hosting a global competition inviting teams from around the world to submit a commercial, transport, economic and policy case for their city, region or country to be considered to host the first Hyperloop networks.

The challenge, a first-of-its-kind competition, aims to identify and select locations around the world with the potential to develop and construct the world’s first Hyperloop networks.

Our goal is to get different key stakeholders (government officials, academics, private investors and architects, to name a few) involved to facilitate the implementation of this technology.

We are asking for teams comprised of these stakeholders to make the case for how Hyperloop can drive economic growth and create new opportunities in their community.

If you or someone you know is interested, register for the challenge here.

As a member of the Judging Committee, I am excited to hear about your proposals.

Hyperloop is just one example of the amazing transformations that exponential technologies are causing across industries.

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