When I am not working on an assignment, helping others, or any other activities that I might have I like to kick back and watch some good quality television. Some of my favorite tv shows consist of The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family to TV’s most lovable family The Simpsons. A few days ago, I was conversing with a few colleagues discussing different means to transportation. One of them started enlightening the group on a project that would allow people to have flying vehicles that would not require a pilot’s license to operate: and would still be street legal to drive. Another colleague discussed a project that included pod cars that will operate themselves which would not require too much from the user and so on. After they had all given their opinion it was my turn to engage in the discussion. I started by explaining that a good means to transportation (that would have a minimum impact on the environment) was a project that consisted of tubular tubes and air pressure regulator. However, some of my colleagues had no clue of what I was talking about. So, in a desperate approach to try and clarify what I was referring to I compared my idea to something I thought I would never use as a reference when it came to such intellectual conversation. I told them “You know, like the tubes they travel in the show Futurama.” To my surprise, they were admirers of the show and knotted in agreement. The conversation continued and soon we started to dispute the quickest way to travel; speed of light, sound, or gravity. Although, the conversation was getting intense I still had the lingering thought of the tubular tubes.
Once I arrived home, I searched for projects that had a similar idea or concept to what I was speaking of. A project by the name of “hyperlooping” came up. The project insert a capsule into underground tubes in which the traveler will sit in. Once the travelers have boarded the capsule, a vacuum tube extract most of the air from the tubes reducing the amount of friction on the capsule. Similar to how a puck works on an air hockey table, the capsule will levitate and travel down the tubes in a similar fashion. By allowing such technology, the capsule could reach speeds of 350 to 400 miles per hour, which would be three times faster than the bullet train. As stated by a Colorado inventor Daryl Oster, who is also in pursuit of making such project a reality, “It is an irresistible way to get the 400 miles from Los Angeles to San Francisco in barely enough time to eat a tuna salad sandwich, forget the dessert.” However, in order to get the project off the ground several billion of dollars would have to be invested. Nevertheless, the project will relieve cities of congestion and will be a more sufficient way to travel since most of the tubes would be placed underground or in a overhead passage manner. Furthermore, the project would cost a fraction of the price of $68 billion proposed for the bullet train linkage from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
The project is still in the brainstorming phase and is opened to any outside ideas on improving it. No solid model has been created for the project yet but with more enthusiastic individuals joining in, advancement in the project should be seen in the near future. What are your opinions on the hyperloop system?