Discuss: Virgin Hyperloop One

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December 21, 2017 at 05:16:56
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Richard Branson's company Virgin Hyperloop One has raised money to start construction of a hyperloop. Discuss here if you think this mode of transportation is the future, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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December 21, 2017 at 08:18:48
An immediate link with Prof Eric Laithwaite who was a linear motor pioneer:
I used to watch his Christmas lectures on TV and also went to one for physicists.
The brits should have taken him seriously rather than letting the Japanese take over and produce their high speed trains. It was hardly noticed when he died.

I think this sort of thing could be the future but it's harder to say when - I opted for 5-10 years.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 28, 2017 at 01:41:13
Go watch some thunderfoot on youtube, for furter debunking

I do however think it is possible, but not in such a vacuum as discribed.

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December 28, 2017 at 02:35:05
Hi Derek,

I also attended a Tracked Hovercraft presentation at the time.

One of the facts I found most interesting was in testing they were reaching double the speeds to those being publicised.

Sadly the UK Government (think Hesletine) decided to abandon as short of funds, instead promote Concord as a better project. In reality this benefited few and the figures were 'adjusted' (Creative Accounting) such that it appeared to cost less than actual.

I have doubts regarding the Hyperloop in that the cost of creating /and maintaining a (near) vacuum may be too high.

Regards - Mike

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