The name Elon Musk instantaneously evokes the vision of futuristic science, sci-fi time travel, and the strangest ground-breaking technology. The man who flung a Tesla into the space beyond Mars is by now, a household name, evoking a wide range of reactions from raised curiosity to raised eyebrows.
One wonders what goes on inside the mind of Musk. Though that question probably isn’t easy to answer in case of this young, overactive, overtly driven and constantly forward-thinking entrepreneur running SpaceX and Tesla, yet to an extent, we can guess what’s going on in his mind currently. The Elon Musk Hyperloop – now being built into a reality by Virgin Hyperloop One would be our guess!
Yes, the futuristic transport system, the latest Muskian brainchild, the harbinger of radical futurism into the area of commonplace commuting – the Hyperloop has been creating waves, even part frenzy, all across the board, ever since Musk made this epic vision public back in 2013.
Dream Concept of the Idea
There have been quite a few varied ideas around this concept. Some have called it the first step to time travel. Some others have termed it as a scientific and technological revolution. The first is almost a misnomer. It isn’t a distant cousin of Dr. Who’s teleportation telephone booth. But the second view still stands true. The Hyperloop, as a concept of cutting edge pods carrying passengers or objects through vacuum tubes at 700 mph, does appear a revolutionary step in science and technology.
However, thankfully, it appears that it won’t take a revolution to make Hyperloop a reality, rather just a leading-edge rehash of the preexisting high-end transportation technology.
Yet another evidence of the futurism frenzy that occupies Elon Musk’s head is this rather astounding Big Idea of Hyperloop that Musk published a 57-page white paper about. He clearly outlined his vision and his concept of hyper speed transportation and invited anyone who might be interested in building this blueprint from papers into a hard reality.
Smart Collaboration with Virgin Group
Soon, Virgin Hyperloop One came into the picture. The venture was originally known as Hyperloop One, later taken up by Virgin-famed Richard Branson. The company has already run test modules of the Hyperloop travel called the DevLoop in the desert of Nevada.
Hyperloop One has officially announced that it can launch the commercial version of Hyperloop in 2021.
Needless to say, whatever goes on in Musk’s brain is commercially never a child’s play. It is one thing to dream about Hyperloop travel in airless hyperspace, but it’s quite another feat to be able to bring together such precise and high-end technologies at a commercially feasible rate. That is why currently, Virgin Hyperloop One is busy in the Nevada area trying to work out the varied cutting edge and complex engineering challenges, to make Elon Musk Hyperloop a commercially viable system.
Implementation of Virgin Hyperloop One Idea
The sheer ground-breaking idea from Musk’s futuristic head consists of a weird collection of varied technology – elevated metal tubes, pressure vessels, vacuum loops, bullet train, and a vacuum system; all smashed and mashed together.
Virgin Company One has brought this alleged chimaera to life, in the form of DevLoop test tube. The company is currently using small pumps, housed in a metal building in the middle of the desert to suck out the air of the DevLoop. The pumps are typical components used in meat processing plants or steel plants.
These vacuum pumps help drop the air pressure inside the DevLoop to below 1/1000th of atmospheric pressure at the sea level. The pressure inside a Hyperloop is thus supposed to replicate the atmospheric pressure equivalent to that at 200,000 feet.
At another side of the DevLoop tube, there’s a pipe, 100 feet long serving as an airlock. To enable the loading of cargo or passengers boarding/disembarking the Hyperloop vehicle without pumping the whole tube down, the company is now using a 12 feet wide steel disc slider that separates the main portion from the longer tube. These tubes will not run along regular heavier rail tracks but on pylons.
While Hyperloop One is taking a grand shape on the distant deserts of Nevada, there’s no shortage of competition for Branson, the Virgin Hyperloop One chairperson. Several other technology giants have announced their own plans to build their own version of Elon Musk Hyperloop.
And what’s even more exciting is that THE MAN who sent a spaceman in an open Tesla past Mars is himself back into the game. Musk has announced that he is also planning to try out a few versions of his own brainchild on the American soil.
Meanwhile, the pioneer hasn’t been sitting around doing absolutely anything about the Hyperloop himself.
As yet another example of what breeds inside the hyperactive head of Elon Musk, the entrepreneur announced the SpaceX sponsored Hyperloop Pod Competition between 2015–2018. Several student and non-student teams have been participating in this competition to design and/or build a smaller prototype Hyperloop test tube vehicle.
This ingenious competition was launched to help demonstrate the technical and technological feasibility of this ultra-high-tech brainchild of Musk which many lobbies were suspicious about, to the extent of calling it an absurd impossibility. The competition is open to global participants. However, winners don’t receive any prize.
Instead, by the rules put out by the sly Muskian business brain, all participants, including winners, are required to mandatorily hand over the rights of their end products to SpaceX for using their originally designed technology in future without having to pay the slightest compensation. One phase of the competition is over and judged within the US. The next phase is said to begin on 22nd July 2018.
Needless to say, Elon Musk’s head is no less than a metaphoric hyperspace, continually running his own Hyperloop of ideas, visions, and blueprints, brooding over newer possibilities, leading-edge innovations, and the cleverest entrepreneurship ventures. All of this promise to take both the world, and in turn SpaceX, into the next height of scientific and technological breakthroughs.