America has been embroiled in a debate over the wisdom of spending billions of dollars on a national high-speed rail network. A small Colorado company called ET3 has other ideas though, calling for a 4,000 mph “Hyperloop” system of vacuum tubes that could connect New York with L.A. in under an hour.
The “hyperloop” idea has been around for decades, and was most recently floated by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, though it is unclear if he is at all involved with ET3’s project. Called “evacuated tube transport,” the hyperloop system would essentially shoot six-person capsules in a frictionless vacuum tube, allowing for theoretical speeds of up to 4,000 mph. Talk about making air travel obsolete.
ET3, which, as commentator Icoreyl pointed out never calls their system a hyperloop, but rather a ETT, or Evacuated Tube Transport. ET3 hopes to conduct a three-mile test of speeds up to 370 mph of their system within the next two years, and claims their system would cost 1/10th the estimated cost of high-speed rail, and a 1/4 of the cost of a freeway. Icoreyl also notes that passengers at those speeds would experience no perceptive change in gravity. I’m terrible at math, which includes physics, so thanks for the refresher course Icoreyl.
Imagine being able to step out for a business lunch in L.A., and return home to New York for dinner? We may get our first taste of hyperloop travel if China follows through with its plans for a 1,0000 KPH maglev/vacuum tube train.
It’s not the kind of thing I expect to see in my lifetime, but science fiction has a funny way of becoming science fact, don’t it?
Edited because Mr. DeMorro got a D in high school physics, and shouldn’t be allowed to do math without an assistant.