There’s no good explanation for it, but Hyperloop transportation technologies seem to attract people with exceptional names. Elon Musk, of Tesla and SpaceX, proposed the first major Hyperloop idea in August 2013. Essentially, cargo and humans will travel through a tube at around 700 mph. This is supposed to be possible by reducing the amount of air present in the tube and building pods that travel inside by air bearings, magnetic levitation, or something similar. A few startups (and MIT) have begun developing prototypes and master plans for their Hyperloop pods, but Hyperloop One has some of the flashiest technology at the moment.
On May 11 Hyperloop One ran their first propulsion open air test, which appeared to be a sled on a track in some sand. However, using a linear electric motor, the test sled reached 100 mph in two seconds, which observers believe is a promising step forward. Read the rest of this entry »