Feb 24, 2016 09:08 AM EST
Elon Musk, the US billionaire and CEO of electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla, has initiated implementing an incredible and innovative plan to build a vacuum tunnel. The hyperloop under-construction is capable of achieving speeds of 800 miles-per-hour (MPH) from one city to next.
The hyperloop project is a brainchild of Musk, which promises to be even more exciting and ground breaking compared to his other works. Construction of a five mile test circuit and prototype loop has begun in Quay Valley in California earlier this year, according to a report published in International Environment Technology.
Elon Musk has shared a crazy idea with public in 2013. He has proposed building a vacuum tube from Los Angeles to San Francisco, through which people will travel from one city to another in around 35 minutes.
His company SpaceX has announced a hyperloop design competition last summer. Select number of teams has got the opportunity to test their pod on a hyperloop test track, reports Observer.
The project plans to conduct a full scale demo at a 3 kilometer test track in a firm house near Las Vegas. Literally, the hyperloop project is being implemented, reports National Geographic quoting Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop Technologies Inc.
John Mayo, project manager of the MIT Hyperloop Team considers the project as a viable system, though initially remained skeptical. After figuring out the workable ways by the engineers, developing a commercially viable version and getting government approval, appear as the real challenges, forecasts Mayo.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has released a draft proposal earlier this year for a 400 mile rail circuit. The rail will be capable of achieving maximum speed of 220 MPH. The project requires $82.5 million for building every mile of rail track. In contrast, the hyperloop project has gauged at $20 million for every mile of hyperloop.
Sonic tubular travel is expected to slash commuting time between two cities, forecasts Lloyd, a former Cisco executive. The California startup has employed big talents including Brogan BamBrogan, former SpaceX engineer, Jim Messina, manager of President Barack Obama's 2012 election campaigns.
The big names also include David Sacks, experienced in working under Musk at Paypal and Shervin Pishevar, an investor in ride sharing company, Uber. Pishever has reportedly prodded Musk to go public with his hyperloop idea.
The California High Speed Rail Authority has proposed a plan for building 400 mile rail track to offer speed of 220 MPH. Citing the comparatively higher building cost, Elon Musk has allured public to travel at a speed of 800 MPH through his hyperloop project. The project has been started to get implemented in outside SpaceX headquarter at Quay Valley.
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