Hyperloop One explained
The transport industry hasn’t really changed much in the past 100 years. We have reached a level of technology in transport that suits business and the consumer well. Catching a flight to many destinations is both cost effective and relatively fast – as is most modes of transport. Yet, in this technology climate, it feels like transport innovation is at a standstill. As the world becomes more interconnected, the transport systems we have in place begin to feel more and more outdated. That’s where Hyperloop One comes into the picture. Hyperloop One is the first new type of transportation we’ve seen in the last century. It’s designed, as all modern day technology is, with sustainability, safety and efficiency in mind.
What is Hyperloop One?
Developed from an idea Elon Musk threw out into the world back in 2013, Hyperloop One is a new form of transport similar to trains. Where the fastest train on the planet can reach 429km/h (Shanghai Maglev train), the Hyperloop One technology predicts that it can reach 1080km/h. This means that it could take passengers from San Francisco to Tokyo in 9 hours, roughly 3 hours faster than a flight.
How does hyperloop one work?
The basic science behind the Hyperloop One system is a combination of a vacuum tunnel, air cushions and a linear electric motor. These systems work in tandem to create the high speed propulsion. The Hyperloop One propels down the tube by creating an air cushion between the stators that are mounted to the tube and the rotor that is mounted to the pod. In order to reduce the air friction, the pod is made aerodynamically and can maintain its speed even as the air pressure in the tube fluctuates. In a way, the technology for the Hyperloop One is similar to the technology behind an air hockey table. In an air hockey table, jets below the table push air upwards to create an air cushion and allow the puck to float. In the Hyperloop one design, the air cushion comes from the pod itself and not the tube. Essentially, this design creates an environment much like the sky, and allows the pods to travel as fast as aeroplanes but on the ground.
How will it feel?
The thought of travelling at such high speeds would make even the most accustomed flyer a little uneasy and wonder if the human body can even survive such high speeds. Pilots, who normally have above average health, don’t even travel at such speeds, and we all know how perfect the health of an astronaut is. This begs the question, for average humans to use the Hyperloop One, will we have to become gym rats? Will we need special clothing to deal with the speed of the propulsion? The simple answer is no. According to the Hyperloop One website, they will incorporate systems that minimise the effect of G-Forces on the body. They go on to say that the Hyperloop one will either feel like an elevator ride or a commercial plane flight.
When will hyperloop one be ready?
Numerous sources confirm that Hyperloop One will be ready for commercial use in the middle 2020’s. Although this feels like a bold prediction, they are making progress. Fast.