… Insert the theme song to “The Jetsons.” A futuristic transportation system might at some point be able to get you from Columbia to Kansas City or St. Louis in less than 20 minutes.
Transportation firm Hyperloop One has announced 11 semifinalist routes in the U.S. that could receive its transportation system that propels passengers at the rate of 760 miles per hour, and one of those finalists is Missouri.
Map for potential Hyperloop transportation system in Missouri, including a pit stop in Columbia.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk describes the Hyperloop as “a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table.” Sounds like fun. 🙂
This would make traveling to and from Cards and/or Royals games, concerts, ect… that much quicker in the future.
Musk figures the average ticket price for a one-way trip would be about $20. Here’s a rundown of how he figured this price point.
HYPERLOOP REACHES 192 MPH IN TEST RUN:
Tech startup Hyperloop One, which is aiming to create a new, futuristic form of transportation, announced yesterday (August 2nd) that its Hyperloop pod had reached a speed of 192 miles per hour in a test run over the weekend, a big leap from the previous test in May when it only got up to 70 miles per hour.
The 28-foot-long Hyperloop pod uses magnetic levitation to move itself forward through a track made of depressurized tubing. The tubes create conditions similar to those found at 200,000 feet, where air pressure is lower so resistance is reduced.
The company’s target speed for the Hyperloop is 250 miles per hour, faster than the 200 miles per hour Japan’s bullet trains can reach. The next hurdle to overcome is figuring out how to efficiently get passengers or cargo on and off the pods without disrupting their near-vacuum state.
VIDEO OF THE TEST