Louis Masonick, Week 11
The need for speed is a goal highly sought after in our world. Any way that can shorten the time we take on menial tasks to be more efficient is greatly appreciated by any and all people. Time that is spent on transportation, doing chores, or even jobs can often be a waste of money. Time is money. Time saved on these tasks allow us to do other things that might be more important, like working at our job, spending time with the family, or even just leisure time. The hyperloop is a concept that aims to greatly reduce travel time in an efficient and sustainable way.
The Hyperloop is a system of giant tubes that propel pods forward. The pods are propelled forward using magnetic accelerators along the way. The tubes would be covered in solar panels for energy use. Air pressure within the tubes is very low, the goal is to have as less air friction as possible in hopes of reaching speeds up to 700mph. To give an idea of how fast this is, the bullet train (fastest in the world) in Japan can only reach maximum speed of 374mph. The system proposed for Los Angeles to San Francisco would cost upwards of $6 billion dollars compared to the California high-rail which is estimated to cost $68 billion.
Not only is the system sustainable by producing its own energy via solar panels, the Hyperloop in effect will save energy from many other transportation systems. The hyperloop has potential to transport people and products eliminating car and semi-truck use therefore eliminating those sources of greenhouse emissions. The picture above is a rendering of what a hyperloop station could possibly look like. The reason this is significant is because no structure has ever been built like this. The closest similarity is a normal train station, but these are uncommon and not often used in the United States. There is potential to design a whole new type of system for a hyperloop station. One that would employ sustainable technology and use automated systems to get passengers to and from the entry and departure area. Of course the biggest drawbacks are cost, one that is yet to be fully imagined and also getting the government onboard. Only time will tell.