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Elon Musk Teases about 'Hyperloop' that can Travel at 700 MPH




Elon Musk is promising to reveal details about a futurist transportation system called a "Hyperloop" on August 12, 2012, tweeting somewhat cryptically on Monday that "critical feedback for improvements would be much appreciated."

Musk is one of the most interesting technology entrepreneur in the world, and he is the co-founder of Pay Pal, CEO of Tesla Motors and space exploration company SpaceX, and chairman of solar power installation company Solar City.

He introduced the idea of the Hyperloop last July, calling it a "cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table," but offering scant few details on the technological underpinnings of the idea. His outline of the Hyperloop vision:

This system I have in mind, how would you like something that can never crash, is immune to weather, it goes 3 or 4 times faster than the bullet train. It goes an average speed of twice what an aircraft would do. You would go from downtown LA to downtown San Francisco in under 30 minutes. It would cost you much less than an air ticket than any other mode of transport. I think we could actually make it self-powering if you put solar panels on it, you generate more power than you would consume in the system. There's a way to store the power so it would run 24/7 without using batteries. Yes, this is possible, absolutely.

Musk has called the transportation system a "fifth mode" of travel that would be different from the "planes, trains, automobiles, and boats" currently used to get around the planet.
So what's a Hyperloop? Plenty of folks have taken to guessing what Musk has up his sleeve, looking for clues in the few hints he's reveled thus far. For example, the railgun and air hockey references have led many to assume he's planning to propose traveling via pneumatic tube, using compressed air and a partial vacuum to move a passenger capsule at velocities "three to four times faster ... than the bullet train."

Indeed, the Hyperloop would have to transport people at just under 700 miles per hour to achieve the 30-minute travel time between San Francisco and Los Angeles which Musk has proposed.

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