Hyperloop Hype

April 26, 2016

Traveling at supersonic speeds

In Harry Potter, there was the Floo Network where wizards could travel quickly from one part of the wizarding world to the next. In Star Trek, there was the transporter, where Captain Kirk would say those memorable words, “Beam me up, Scotty!” and then travel to places throughout the universe at warp speed. Until recently, these methods were pure fantasy — traveling at such speeds is impossible, right? Or is it?

In 2013, Elon Musk (you know, the guy who’s behind that little electric car company, Tesla, and who wants to bring space travel to the masses with SpaceX) published a paper that described a new method of travel called the Hyperloop and the technology behind it. This method of travel would take people and things to places at close to supersonic speeds (that’s 760 miles per hour, almost the speed of sound and approximately 200 miles per hour faster than the average airplane!). Whether or not you think the Hyperloop is possible, it’s happening and people are talking about this and other futuristic technologies.

Update May 2016:

  • A full-scale prototype of the Hyperloop made its first test run on a track in Nevada.

Update August 2016:

  • Hyperloop One, the company that is designing a new type of super fast transportation system with tubes, is taking its design underwater.