Elon Musk’s train will use suction power to speed from London to Beijing in 2 hours
High speed transportation that can send you from London to Beijing in just two hours. It sounds like something fictional you’d only see in an advert for super-fast broadband. But self-made billionaire and entrepreneur Elon Musk believes it could be possible. According to Musk, the technology would involve sending a passenger pod through a giant vacuum tube at speeds of up to 4000 miles per hour, he calls it The Hyperloop. In theory, this vacuum tube combined with the magnetic technology currently utilised on bullet trains eliminates friction, wind resistance or even a chance of collision. To top it all the Hyperloop intends to use solar energy too, making it more environmentally friendly than flying.
As expected with all new inventions, there are always teething problems that require ironing out. The prospect of something going wrong at 4000 miles an hour might limit the number of human volunteers for testing. Claustrophobic passengers should bear in mind that any technical issues may render you stuck inside a tube buried underground. Which is pretty scary, nevermind the other risks of terrorism and earthquakes.
According to Forbes, South African-born Elon Musk is worth $2.7 billion and was a co-founder of PayPal which he sold for $1.5 billion in 2002. Musk is also responsible for the Tesla electric car and went to verbal war with a New York Times reporter who criticised its performance. So, if anyone’s likely to make the Hyperloop, it might well be him – hyperspeed vacuum travel probably has a hefty price tag.
Musk has been somewhat reserved in revealing his exact involvement in the project, although we can presume he has an important role since he intends to unveil his detailed designs on August 12th of this year.
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