TransPod, a Canadian company, reported that preparations had begun for the construction of a high-speed vacuum line between Calgary and Edmonton. This project has no equal courage: the passenger capsule will move on magnetic suspension at a rate of 1,200 km/h. The construction of one kilometre of road will cost $60 million and the entire project is estimated at $18 billion.
The problem with this project is, the source notes that Canada is the only country in the G-7 that has not built a single speed line. And yet, TransPod has been able to attract $550 million in investment, with only "multics" in its hands. The complexity of the project is enormous. Companies will have to build over 300 km of pipes from which air will be pumped. The reliability of the system must be the highest, including multiple systems of protection, which also includes protection against the terrorist threat.
According to the project, the cruiser speed of the 25th capsule will be 1,000 km/h, with the possibility of acceleration up to 1,200 km/h. Until a set of 300 km/h capsules, it will be maintained in the tube by wheels that, when converted to magnetic levitation, will be removed into the hull like the plane's chassis. Also until a given speed, the power supply to the on-board systems will be provided by batteries, and after a break-up, there will be no contact currents on magnetic induction. All together will provide the capsule with a minimum friction and minimum resistance to movement, which will make the vehicle very, very economical.
It is alleged that the distance between Calgary and Edmonton with 54 passengers will be crossed in 45 minutes, and the cost of the ticket will be double that of today's plane to move between these points, at about $75.
The main development message, which probably gave it real financial support, is a one-third reduction in road traffic between Calgary and Edmonton. Hyperloop promises to reduce annual carbon emissions by 636,000 tons. The project is fully integrated into or written under a green subpoena. Will it be completed? Is that unlikely or could not be at all what was promised in the first place, as was the case with Hyperloop Ilona Maska under Las Vegas?
Today, such projects can only be carried out in China, and they do so, including preparing for the production of magnets to move up to 1,000 km/h. But this is a different story.