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Musk’s other ideas

Musk’s other ideas

Hyperloop When state voters approved the California high-speed-rail project in 2008, Musk was “quite disappointed”. In a document that appeared on the SpaceX website in August 2013, he says, “How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley…would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world?” He proposed Hyperloop, an ultra-high-speed transport system that uses magnetic levitation to make a passenger pod zip through a futuristic vacuum tube. That idea has translated into Hyperloop Transportation Systems, which is aiming to transport pods at speeds of up to 1,300 kmph. The estimated cost for the system is $40 million (around Rs271.6 crore) per kilometre. Among Hyperloop’s proposed projects is a track between Mumbai and Pune. They have approached Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari and are awaiting approval to conduct feasibility studies. If the project is successful, the travel time between the two cities would be cut to 25 minutes. Is this sci-fi journey truly possible? One of its most famous critics is mathematician and transport blogger Alon Levy, who says the proposed lateral acceleration and the angle at which the pod will travel will cause Hyperloop… Read the rest of the story at Musk’s other ideas

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