Exploring The Precedent, Possible Science Challenge In HyperLoop. Elon Musk's Hyperloop is about to be unveiled to the world. Will Musk follow in the footsteps of other revolutionary thinkers? Or is it just crackpot thinking?
A typical train ride between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Coast Starlight takes about 12 hours, depending on how well it keeps to its schedule. In a car, the trip takes roughly eight hours, and a carbon-intensive flight lasts just one hour and 20 minutes – which means the Hyperloop could theoretically travel faster than a plane!
Greatest Mass TRANSIT FAILURES: "Hyperloop" by Elon Musk (USA): individual aluminum pods powered by turbines and solar energy in tubes • Failed due: 1. cost ($6-10B infrastructure San Fran - LA in 35min + $20/ticket) 2. Musk rather focuses on Tesla & Space X...but he'll tweak it more...• wired article 2013-08-12