Elon Musk reveals hyperloop design: 800 miles per hour between SF and LA


SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk has revealed the first design for the hyperloop, a high speed transit system that could take people between San Francisco and Los Angeles in 35 minutes. Aluminum pods enclosed in steel tubes would transport people at up to 800 miles per hour, according to a document published on the SpaceX website and first reported by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Two tubes would run alongside each other and ferry people in opposite directions. At each end, they would connect in a loop. The tubes would be mounted on concrete pylons 150 feet to 300 feet apart. The pods would travel about 5 miles apart, which means 70 pods could be en route between San Francisco and Los Angeles. They could depart every 30 seconds. Additional tubes could branch off to allow stops at stations between the two cities.

hyperloop capsule in tube

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