Elon Musk wants to take over the Hyperloop project and move it underground

The Boring Company, the tunnel construction services company founded by Elon Musk, aims to build a high-speed Hyperloop within the next few years.

Credit: Virgin Hyperloop

Annoyed by the slow progress of the Hyperloop project, Elon Musk announced that he wanted to create his own network within the next few years. These tubes emptied of their air allow in particular to propel capsules at a top speed of up to 1200 km/h thanks to magnetic fields.

Supervised by his company The Boring Company, which digs tunnels under cities to ease traffic, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop could look like the original project, which now dates from a few years ago. As a reminder, Elon Musk launched the first Hyperloop project in the United States in 2013, before calling on international investors, including the SNCF. Currently, three companies are working on the Hyperloop: Virgin Hyperloop, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Canadian TransPod.

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In the coming years, Boring Co will attempt to build a working Hyperloop said Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a tweet. ” From a known physics point of view, this is the fastest possible way to get from one city center to another for distances less than 3200 kilometers. The Starship is faster for longer journeys “, he added.

Indeed, thanks to his Starship rocket, Elon Musk intends not only to send humanity to Mars within a few years, but also to connect all the cities of the world in less than an hour. For its part, the Hyperloop network should therefore make it possible to connect cities over a shorter distance. Unlike traditional Hyperloop projects, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop would be underground.

According to him, ” underground tunnels are immune to surface weather (subways are a good example), so it wouldn’t matter to Hyperloop if a hurricane raged on the surface. You wouldn’t even notice “. The problem is that building tunnels over such a distance would take several years, so we are not about to see the first capsules carrying passengers for a long time. It is hoped that they will create fewer traffic jams than Elon Musk’s current tunnels.

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