Construction on $150M Hyperloop test track to start in coming weeks

$150-million 5-mile track will move people at speeds up to 160 mph.

October 29, 2015   by PLANT Staff

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Elon Musk’s Hyperloop ultra high-speed transportation concept is moving closer to becoming a reality, with the construction of a $150 million test track expected to start in a couple of weeks, according to Mashable.

Rocketing people through a magnetized tube at nearly 800 miles per hour, the Hyperloop concept is one similar to a high-speed train. But instead of riding on rails, passengers are magnetically suspended inside a tube and once it hits top speeds could move people between Los Angeles and San Francisco in about 30 minutes.

Despite logistical hurdles, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is reportedly set to begin construction on a $150-million, 5-mile test hyperloop test track in a couple of weeks. Altough the hyperloop pods could travel at up to almost 800 mph, or close to the speed of sound, the test track will only run at 160 mph while people are on board in case something were to go awry.

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3 Comments » for Construction on $150M Hyperloop test track to start in coming weeks
  1. Keith Berkshire says:

    Interesting little caveat re: speed of the test track. Does a crash at 160 MPH really give a much better chance of survival that at 800?

  2. yes says:

    Yes a 96% better chance.

    kinetic energy = 0.5 * mass * velocity SQUARED

  3. Darren says:

    Who cares about moving people…imagine what this could do for moving products.

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