Elon Musk the billionaire inventor has conclusively revealed the plans for his “fifth mode of transport”, the futuristic ‘Hyperloop’ megatrain.
The long-hyped high-speed mass transit system was unveiled in a 57-page PDF document. The system to a large extent would be a solar-powered elevated railway, enclosed inside a low-friction, low-pressure tube.
Using air inlets at the front of the train, air would be fed to an electric turbo compressor, feeding it to the ‘skis’ and the cabin.
According to the designs the Hyperloop Alpha would be proficient of transporting passengers at nearly 800 miles an hour which will enable riders to feasibly travel from London to Edinburgh in less than 30 minutes.
Experts have said that the document contains several novel ideas that could one day make their way into a real system.
The probability is that the prototype will be built by Musk, who is the co-founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. He said although he has no time to make the Hyperloop himself, but he is expecting someone else to complete this project and turn it into reality.
Musk was inspired to develop the idea after watching the state of California approve a $70 billion construction plan for a relatively low-speed rail system. Whereas his Hyperloop project though currently theoretical would travel four times as fast, and involve less cost since it would be designed to run above the current Interstate 5 route.
His educated guess is that the system would cost just $6 billion to build, and would reuse some of the same technology that has already seen his SpaceX ‘Dragon’ capsules successfully send cargo to the International Space Station.