While Elon Musk has always been famous for making hefty promises, he has decided to take to the next level by claiming to have received a verbal go ahead from the American government for laying down the plans for his ambitious hyperloop project.
Tesla’s Tunnel Boring Company Received Green Light
The leader of Tesla and SpaceX announced on Thursday that his tunnel boring company has finally received a go ahead from the government. The boring will be conducted as a part of the super high speed pod and tube transportation system, or nicknamed the Hyperloop by Elon Musk. The announcement was made by him on his Twitter handle, claiming to have received a verbal agreement from the government for the tunnel to travel between Washington and New York. However, Musk did not reveal any more details when asked questions by his Twitter followers regarding the officials who approved of the Hyperloop.
Musk Optimistic for Formal Approval
The Trump administration, while not reporting to have given a formal approval for the Hyperloop yet, has not shut the idea down. White House officials stated that there have been fruitful and positive conversations on the concept, and the government is committed to spearheading infrastructure projects that are transformative and provide solutions to some of the more pressing issues of the country today. Musk tweeted later that if civilians wished for the project to be set up faster, they should let their local federal elected representatives know.
Hyperloop, envisioned by Tesla and SpaceX head Elon Musk in August 2013, has finally become reality, according to Shervin Pishevar, Hyperloop One’s executive chairman. Hyperloop completed a 315-foot test run on May 12, when a wheel-mounted sled was guided through Hyperloop’s famous vacuum tube. This represents the dawn of a brand new mode of transport, something that hasn’t happened for more than a hundred years since the discovery of air travel.
The sled traveled for 5.3 seconds, a small feat in isolation but a giant step in the development of Hyperloop as a feasible transportation solution. The sled achieved acceleration of about 2G during the test run.
The Next Step Awaits
Following the highway-speed test run, Hyperloop plans to conduct high-speed testing to assess the feasibility of the technology at the speeds Musk intends to use it. Speeds of 250 mph are likely to be the next target for Hyperloop developers, as the company has built more track since the May test, making high-speed testing easier. Its Las Vegas-based ‘Devloop’ track is now 1,640 feet long.
The high-speed transportation company intends to achieve rapid growth in developed countries, where the demand for rapid intercity transport has been consistently high. The original conception of Hyperloop was as a transportation system operating at airliner speeds, making further development of the sector vital. The installations for Hyperloop systems, when completed in finality, are also expected to contain solar panels, so that the system could contribute to power generation on a fulltime basis in addition to being an intercity transport solution.
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