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Elon Musk Reveals His Idea of Constructing Supersonic Hyperloop

By iDigitalTimes Staff Reporter on August 13, 2013 5:43 AM EDT 0

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Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, PayPal and Tesla shares his plans about constructing Hyperloop, a supersonic tube (Photo: Reuters)

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, PayPal and Tesla now aims to create a supersonic transport Hyperloop, bridging the distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

US-based entrepreneur Musk wants to introduce a means of transport to the world, which has a high-speed, is resistant to earthquake and weather, is safer than other means of transport, is not very costly and is self-powering as well.

As per the proposal of constructing the Hyperloop, a tube would be constructed below or above the ground consisting of a special environment to aid the super-fast travelling.                                              

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The work on this project is reportedly still going on and Musk approximated the cost of the ticket to be about £13 ($20).

The idea of introducing a supersonic transport came from the discontentment of seeing the California "high speed" rail.

"When the California "high speed" rail was approved, I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too," Musk write in his proposal. "How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL doing incredible things like indexing all the world's knowledge and putting rovers on Mars -would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world?"

"Note, I am hedging my statement slightly by saying 'one of.' The head of the California high speed rail project called me to complain that it wasn't the very slowest bullet train nor the very most expensive per mile."

The two cities, Los Angeles and San Francisco are at a distance of about 380 miles (610km) and connecting the two cities would cost about £3.9 billion ($6 billion). The capsules would depart at about every 30 seconds, travel almost at the speed of sound at 760mph (1,220 km/h) and also carry cars.

"Passengers seated in cabins inside the capsules would experience slightly more than the force of gravity, more like on an aeroplane than a roller coaster," BBC News quoted Musk as saying.

Musk is planning to use fans and magnets to launch the capsules in the long tube on a layer of air.               

"A demonstration model would take up to four years to complete," he added

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