Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Dream Is Getting Closer To Reality
Back in December of 2014, we told you about the Hyperloop project that Elon Musk wanted to build. Just in case you forgot what the Hyperloop is: It’s a transit system that puts passengers in a capsule that speeds along inside of an above ground tube that reaches speeds of up to 800 mph. Today, that dream is getting even closer to being a reality.
California-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announced today that “the core team working on the full scale hyperloop has now surpassed 400 professionals. This latest announcement welcomes companies like Oerlikon, AECOM, and Hodgetts & Fung, all of whom are providing key technological and infrastructure support to the HTT as they head towards a groundbreaking in 2016 in Quay Valley California.”
Having 400+ people from SpaceX and Boeing working on such an ambitious project is making the Hyperloop not only realistic, but something that is ready to be tested: “Our team continues to grow and, along with these new alliances, is representative of the collaborative spirit of HTT and are key to our success in breaking ground in 2016,” exclaimed Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of HTT. “We receive applications from professionals and are approached by industry leading companies every day.”
HTT was founded in November 2013 using JumpStartFund, a crowd-powered online incubator and crowd collaboration platform. From there, the Hyperloop attracted the necessary engineers and intellect from NASA, Boeing, SpaceX and major universities that are willing to put in their time and effort in exchange for stock options into the potential transportation revolution.
When asked about how hard it would be to pull this off, Carl Brockmeyer, Oerlikon’s head of business development told Wired: “I don’t think the construction hurdles are significant compared to other technologies that are already out there. From a technical point of view, it’s not a challenge. We are used to much higher and harsher applications (ED NOTE: Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum supplied key vacuum components to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider).”
Until we actually see the Hyperloop zoom into action, it’s still a dream that has yet to be realized. We have no doubt that with as many people working to make this concept becoming a reality, there are still many challenges to overcome.
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