The hyperloop concept was unveiled earlier in 2013. It involves sitting in a capsule and being “fired” down a pressurised tube between two cities at 1100km/h (660pmh).
On Thursday a company “Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc” was established to have a prototype running by the end of 2015. The company is using a crowd source model to complete the work. 130 people have indicated an interest in company leadership. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has also announced partnerships with:
- Ansys, which created some of the first software simulations of the rail and stated: they were “convinced that the Hyperloop is going to work“
- GloCal, a company that will help source materials and parts
- SUPRASTUDIO, a UCLA design program
The project plan shows 16 steps over four sections:
- Manufacturing, Integration and testing
The team will need to show not only can a prototype work but it will be cheaper than rail/air alternatives. There have been many ideas of transport systems that have foundered. Will hyperloop succeed or join segways, shweebs, monorails and maglevs? – transport revolutions that have not quite happened.