The 2015 calendar is quickly running out, bringing us that much closer to a world with hyperspeed transportation. The test Hyperloop track is slated to begin construction next year in California, and as the ground-breaking inches closer, there are still a lot of questions about the project. Engineers are aiming to build a bullet train-like system that can carry passengers at speeds up to 760 miles per hour, and nobody has any idea how much it will end up costing. Although a full-scale near-supersonic transit system is still a long way off, this test track will answer a lot of questions along the way.
The Hyperloop concept sprang from the bottomless mind of Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk just two years ago, he’s not manning the ship that will turn his high-speed dreams into reality. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is fueled by a few hundred engineers and other employees, working together from remote locations around the United States to develop the high speed people mover of the future. First, HTT will build the five-mile oval test track. Then, the team will begin testing designs for passenger and cargo pods to ride those rails.
The test track won’t solely be for research and development purposes, though. Rather, it will actually serve Quay Valley, a proposed 75,000-resident solar power city located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The test track is projected to begin carrying passengers around that planned community as soon as 2018.
Despite regular updates about progress on the Hyperloop project, we still have no idea what it might look like. What we do have are some cool suggestions from ArgoDesign and this alleged Hyperloop sneak peek snapped by an intrepid Redditor. As the project moves forward, it’s pretty certain we can look forward to more design proposals and – who knows – maybe some amateur drone footage along the way.
Via Popular Science
Images via Hyperloop Transportation Technologies