Ilon Mask wants to build a Hyperloop system underground

Ilon Mask wants to build a Hyperloop system underground

The head of Tesla and SpaceX recently announced that in the next few years he wanted to launch an underground Hyperloop project, an idea that had existed for ten years but was a technological challenge.

On his Twitter account, one of his favorite means of communication, Ilon Mask announced that he wanted to build a functional underground system called Hyperloop with his company Boering Company.

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Although he had not raised the issue for some time, the leader of Tesla and SpaceX had already expressed his willingness to work on it for several years. As early as 2013, he had published a blog in which he presented sketches of a potential futuristic mode of transport called "Hyperloop Alpha".

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The intention that was developed was to build a pipe above or below the ground, where the train would move in a low-pressure environment. The idea was "to install an electric compressor on the nose of a semi-wagon that actively transmits high-pressure air from the front to the rear of the train." He explained at the time. In order to avoid as much friction as possible, he suggested that the wagon would move on an air cushion instead of rails, so he calculated that such a machine could travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just half an hour. However, at the time, he said that he did not have any immediate plans to create a working model, but he was considering the possibility of creating a prototype.

Hyperlop with "one or two years"?

Since then, several companies have also worked on Hyperlop, such as Virgin Hyperloop, Hyperlop Transport Technologies or Transpod. "If this were my top priority, I would probably be able to do it in one or two years,"

According to Ilon Mask's latest statements, this new Hyperloop project is likely to be underground to avoid the whims of bad weather.