Hyperloop: Open Source Revolution

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    Elon Musk is certainly my favorite contemporary entrepreneur.

    Last week, he laid out his grand transportation revolution in a 57 page pdf for all the world to have. I'm sure he did this in no small part due to the monumental task of implementing such a project, what with stout regulatory, political, and NIMBY forces aligning against the Hyperloop.

    They Hyperloop itself is fascinating and worthy of discussion, but the open source presentation is even more interesting. Personally, I think Elon is just the man (perhaps the only person capable) to make this happen.

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    I know this may be a difficult topic to tie in blame for this or that political party, but I was interested in hearing the boards thoughts.
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    He certainly has the best name. I think Elon Musk was a cologne I used to rock in middle school in the 90s.
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    I have virtually no knowledge of HSR, so maybe someone can clue a bro in. If the obvious technical hurdles can be overcome and politics weren't a hindrance (a boy can dream!), why don't we hear about this as a method of freight transport? That stuff too heavy? The cars not big enough? Not enough carrying capacity? IOW, could UPS replace some planes with sections of a train like this? Why not?
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    This is quite a bit different from HSR, as you likely think of it, but it's use wouldn't be too much different from that of HSR. Only faster, safer, quieter, cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable.

    Here's what SpaceX has to say about the Hyperloop.

    I'm no engineer, but as for freight, I don't see why not. They speak of loading cars into the loop...
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    unbelievable, the way some peoples minds work amazes me. 760 miles/hr, la to sf in 1/2 hour for 20 bucks. we are beginning to live a science fiction movie
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    Elon's open source project is being picked up.

    It's a long shot, no doubt.

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    See what happens when a smart guy gets free money from Obama... He thinks he can change the world and we foot the bill for it.
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    Lol...
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    Depends on whether it comes to fruition or not. If it fails then there would be ample finger pointing. Were it to become a viable reality people would be stumbling over themselves to say they were behind it all along.
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    Yeah, all Mr. Smarty pants could do was get men to the ISS at 1/300th the cost of NASA.

    And most of it was private capital.
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    Well, yeah. This is politics: wait to see if something is going fail or succeed, then stake your position.
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    And that is noble, but the fast-rail dream is not free and we be broke, thanks to your good ole boy in the WH.
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    No one is asking for one penny from you.

    And I didn't vote for the "good ole boy" so please stop trying to pigeon hole me.
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    No one is pigeon holing you.


    Yeah right, I've heard that one before. The ACA will lower your healthcare costs.... blah... blah...blah.
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    :huh: How does this have ANY similarities to ACA?

    I really don't get the animosity here. It's private capital coming together to attempt to solve long standing transportation issues through potentially world changing technology. Is it because there's "energy efficiency" involved that this becomes some left/right issue?
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    I hope it all works out. I'd love for some private venture group to finance the whole thing and see it come to fruition.
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    Then what the heck was all that about?
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    ET3 is a better solution
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    Much more difficult to achieve. Higher ceiling (speeds), but logistics and laws of physics make it riskier and more expensive than the HL.
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    Just had a bad day, nothing personal. Truthfully though, I'll just take the wait and see attitude on this.

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