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The Hyperloop looks like it's going beyond hypothetical design and turning into something that could actually ferry passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in one hour. A new company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., has been launched and is being co-led by former director of mission operations for SpaceX, Dr. Marco Villa, and Dr. Patricia Galloway, who has an impressive science and engineering background.

The company was announced on JumpStartFund to raise cash and build a team that could make this all come together. The group is being directed to see the project in four phases: System, which takes an overview of the entire project that will produce pods that shoot through tubes at 800 miles per hour; Capsule that carries people and cargo; Tube, handling route selection and stations; and Manufacturing, Integration and Test, that brings in best practices and testing.

Hyperloop was announced as a concept in August by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, who worked on the design with SpaceX engineers. SpaceX is not specifically endorsing the company, a SpaceX spokeswoman told FoxNews.com. Musk also appears to be staying on the sidelines for now.

Galloway was the first female president of American Society of Civil Engineers and was a former member of the US National Science Board. She worked on a $6 billion project to expand the Panama Canal and a $30 billion Crossrail Project to expand London's rail network. Villa helped Musk jumpstart SpaceX, the first-ever private spaceflight company. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies also has received support from others, including manufacturing and design outfit GloCal Network Corporation; Suprastudio, a graduate program at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design; and Ansys, which did an independent analysis to verify the project's feasibility.

Along with getting sufficient funding, Hyperloop's biggest challenge seems to be getting talented people to devote the time and resources needed to get the project moving through its four phases. "A lot of entrepreneurs have great business ideas but don't have time to work on them," Dirk Ahlborn, CEO and co-founder of JumpStartFund, told FoxNews.com.


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      HVH20
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Hyperloop's biggest challenge seems to be getting talented people to devote the time and resources needed to get the project moving through its four phases" Otherwise known as work long hours for little pay so that the founders can get rich beyond their wildest dreams if they succeed.
        archos
        • 1 Year Ago
        @HVH20
        Actually they're offering equity in the company, like many tech start ups do. The janitors who worked at Facebook are millionaires now for a reason.
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Im interrested in going there on vacation and try that hyperloop train. Can we bring our car in it ?
        sloof70
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Sure can! Head on over. Should be up and running by the time you get there.
      taser it
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gorilla dust announcement to divert attention from bad press.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm curious about the "independent analysis to verify the project's feasibility". How are they going to overcome all of the technological hurdles? When do they start testing 800mph bullets in tubes? When do they see how that affects the pilings that the tube is going to built upon? The engineering involved in the stress testing alone will take a lot of research to get up and running. I doubt Ansys has the means to do real-world tests or high-end simulations of the exact brutal forces that will be coming from the movement of the pods. I don't think i8t makes an sense to put much money or thought into an idea this wild until some of the obvious, yet ignored, truths get figured out. Regulatory feasibility is another issue I really doubt has been investigated thoroughly too. The San José Mercury News tore this proposal up and found it to be exactly impossible. Not one bit of it makes sense. I applaud Elton for having wonderful ideas some of the time but no one is perfect and this idea is entirely undo-able. Let these wonderful people work on something with a chance at fulfillment.
      xxricefarmerxx
      • 1 Year Ago
      its worthless if it only hold about 6 people
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Make sure to clear the tube of any trailer hitches.
      scaron
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Hyperloop's biggest challenge seems to be getting talented people to devote the time and resources needed to get the project moving through its four phases" i think they will find the that getting anything done in california that impacts the environment, especially one that crosses multiple county lines, will be the harder part.
      Russ C
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did the idea for the Hyperloop really come from here? http://newsdirect.nma.com.tw/SingleItem.aspx?asset_id=OEM_20120417_OINT_007_v1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Russ C
        The URL you gave is a different type of tube system. Hyperloop is a design created by Elon Musk, which is a low pressure system rather than ET3's design which is an evacuated tube system.
      Dan Sturges
      • 1 Year Ago
      What we really need to address is our daily urban mobility more than inter-city travel. I recently gave a talk on the need for energy and land efficient mobility solutions and mention Tesla and Hyperloop: http://vimeo.com/m/78749701 Author Andy Postman's review of my talk: Dan, Just watched it - great job! I love how your experience - merging the engineering, design, and humanistic viewpoints - gives one the Big Picture about mobility. It's not just about the vehicle but about what the vehicle and its system/track/road would do to the community. And how the basic needs and wants of people need to be satisfied better than they are now. I know that any new technology becomes kind of ho-hum (jet travel, high-speed trains, whatever) after a while but the way you conceive of it, these new modes really seem enduringly cool - that is, they seem comfortable and personal and flexible and efficient, as if they would allow us to build our lives more like we want them to be, not like (as with the last 80 years of gas automobiles) the cars need them to be. I'm reminded of the title of that book: What Technology Wants. Your vision is all about what we, as human beings, want. Not what transportation wants. Great work. I'm glad your ideas are out there. Thanks for sharing your presentation with me.
      cointel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Linking two distant cities is not optimal for this technology when they can fly, drive, and have other high speed option. Additionally, a person will arrive at their destination without a vehicle, making this choice of travel unattractive for most people. I have driven 20 hours, rather than fly, simply to have a vehicle available to me upon arrival The best use of this technology is create distant suburbs surrounding a city that are 60-100 miles away that people can use to travel to jobs in the city or other pod cities. Each of these suburbs can be connected to each other by the hyperloop. This will help reduce real estate prices and avoid people being pack in like rats. City high rise housing is expensive due to the engineering, elevators, and crime when you have that high density of people. You can make modifications to existing technology to achieve similar speeds.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cointel
        @cointel. Linking two cities that are further than 1000 miles apart would not be optimal, because at that point it would be more efficient to fly in a supersonic plane. However, anything less than that, like San Fransisco to L.A. or Atlanta to D.C. would be perfect for this technology, because a plane would spend the majority of its time ascending and descending without reaching cruising altitude. Furthermore, the whole idea about arriving without a car is silly. People do this everyday from riding on trains to even flying under 1000 miles per trip. In fact, this idea came about because of the inefficient high speed rail proposal in California. Hyperloop is a fantastic alternative, and an awesome fifth mode of transportation.
      imgem23
      • 4 Months Ago

      They forgot the ABQ to Denver run!!

      danfred411
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't believe it's a rational concept although it could probably be done. And I don't expect that it will be done because of the drawbacks of the design. Riding on an ultra thin air cushion at mach 1 in a vacuum tube just sounds like trouble. The tube would have to be crazy straight and that has to be crazy expensive for a vacuum tube. Then there is the issue of going in and out of the vacuum. Again of course possible but not simple nor cheap. And you presumably need the ability to change tracks which is a further complication of the already serious bit of suspension engineering. If you have to do a train why not just do an optimized high speed needle train. Say 700km/h on wheels. If you are talking about ambitious engineering then why not that. It doesn't have to be the stupid steam locomotive approach like TGV or shinkansen. Light and aerodynamic... where have I hear that before. You can make small trains that run all the time like a subway, just a hell of a lot faster. And if you can step away from the train concept and you feel ambitious why not small high speed planes that fly all the time from a new kind of airport that doesn't have the check-in and TSA idiots. Treat it like a subway, it just goes into the air. It could be an electric jet plane that has no power supply onboard (thus very light) but is fed by high power microwave directed at the plane. Goes up to 20km altitude and goes mach 2. No pilot onboard. Launched from a catapult down town. Why not. Then you have freedom of destinations and cheap infrastructure unlike a vacuum tube. LA to SF in 20 minutes. LA to NY in 2 hours. Couple that with robot taxis on the ground and you've got something. No overhead time. You want to go you leave in 5 minutes. You could even have such a system from north LA to south LA. From the valley to Long Beach. From Santa Monica to Anaheim. Downtown Paris to downtown London. Angry little robot bees flying everywhere all the time.
        Luciano
        • 1 Year Ago
        @danfred411
        Read about the project. It is only a partial vacuum (i.e. lower pressure) exactly to allow lower costs.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @danfred411
        I kind of like your plane idea, Dan. Just like Elon's idea, I think there is some merit in it. I don't know about firing microwaves at a plane though. You could just arrive at your destination fully cooked. Really, for $10 billion, you could probably buy 48 small commuter jets that run every half hour from tailor made small airports. Bypassing TSA, as you mentioned. That would probably come out to less than $1 billion. You could then spend the other $9 billion developing and implementing a new design on an electric plane or a hybrid plane.
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