Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk releases to the public initial plans and designs for the Hyperloop, an experimental transportation system from LA to San Francisco.
One of the problems of Hyperloop according to Musk’s announcement, however, would be the air column within the tube, acting as a resistance in front of each capsule as it traveled in the tube.
As a solution hi proposes an electric compressor fan on the nose of each capsule, that would draw the air through it.
“The underlying motive for a statewide mass transit system is a good one. It would be great to have an alternative to flying or driving, but obviously only if it is actually better than flying or driving. The train in question would be both slower, more expensive to operate (if unsubsidized) and less safe by two orders of magnitude than flying, so why would anyone use it?
If we are to make a massive investment in a new transportation system, then the return should by rights be equally massive. Compared to the alternatives, it should ideally be:
- Lower cost
- More convenient
- Immune to weather
- Sustainably self-powering
- Resistant to Earthquakes
- Not disruptive to those along the route
Is there truly a new mode of transport – a fifth mode after planes, trains, cars and boats – that meets those criteria and is practical to implement? Many ideas for a system with most of those properties have been proposed and should be acknowledged, reaching as far back as Robert Goddard’s to proposals in recent decades by the Rand Corporation and ET3.”
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