http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news ... /84137224/
LA to SF in 30 min: the hyperloop wars are on
On Monday, a crowdsourced enterprise led by NASA and Boeing veterans called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announced it had licensed passive magnetic levitation technology to power its prototype system, which like other hyperloop templates, promises to shuttle humans and goods in a vacuum tube system at speeds up to 750 mph.
How fast is that? Zipping from Los Angeles to San Francisco would take 30 minutes as compared to a six-hour drive or an all-day train ride.
Such fucking pie in the sky.
And that's not to mention the price tag. A tube system linking L.A. and San Francisco with hyperloop pods has been estimated to cost north of $6 billion.
More pie in the sky. I would bet well north of $6 billion. North pole north of $6 billion. $6 billion might cover the political graft.
Distance from LA to SF is ~600km
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Californi ... rojections
n July 2014 The World Bank reported that the per kilometer cost of California's high-speed rail system was $56 million ... per km
600km * $56m = 33 Billion.
Okay, but they'll cheaper than HSR. Because, ya know, Musk. But not that much cheaper.
OTOH, at 750mph a turn radius of 3 miles is ~2.5G, which is pretty uncomfortable. Better keep those curves very slow. That's horizontal and vertical, btw. Is that LA to SF trek a particularly hilly one?
I think vomit will be a integral part of the experience.