Artist's conception of the capsule of the proposed, high-speed 'Hyperloop' intercity transportation system, as envisioned by SpaceX founder Elon Musk. (Image Source: Elon Musk / SpaceX)
By Elizabeth Palermo, LiveScience.com
The Lone Star State could soon be the new testing ground for the most futuristic transportation system in the world.
On Jan. 15, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced a preliminary plan to build a test track for the Hyperloop, his proposed high-speed transport system, in Texas. Musk first revealed the idea for this "fifth mode of transportation" (i.e., not a car, train, plane or boat) in August 2013. Since then, the billionaire entrepreneur has been fairly tight-lipped about how the project is coming along.
But during a speech at the Texas Transportation Forum last week, Musk said he is planning to build a 5-mile (8 kilometers) track to test prototype versions of the pods that could one day travel the Hyperloop at speeds of up to 760 mph (1,220 km/h). After the announcement, Musk tweeted that the track will likely be built in Texas and will be "for companies and student teams to test out their pods."
Musk says the Hyperloop is a great solution for traveling between congested cities that aren't very far apart (no farther than 900 miles, or 1,450 kilometers apart, to be exact). The transport system could get passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 30 minutes, according to Musk, who outlined the basic design of the system in a paper posted to the SpaceX website in August 2013.
More - Link >>> http://www.livescience.com/49498-hyperloop-test-track.html
More on the proposed Hyperloop high-speed, intercity transit system:
Link 1 >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperloop
Link 2 >>> http://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/hyperloop_alpha.pdf
Source: LiveScience.com .
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