By now we've all heard about genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist Elon Musk's Hyperloop idea. Commuters climb into a giant tube and are fired at five times the speed of light (OK, no, but super, super fast) towards their destination. And soon, there could be a prototype.
The newly-formed crowd-sourced company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is leading the charge on this particular project rather than Musk himself, and is headed by ex-SpaceX operations director Dr. Marco Villa and ex-president of ASCE, Dr. Patricia Galloway. Drawing together partners in simulation firm Ansys and materials science experts GloCal, the firm intends to have a working scale model by the beginning of 2015.
The Hyperloop was initially proposed as an alternative to the ultra-expensive rail network currently being constructed between L.A. and San Francisco. But Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has been contacted by people worldwide who would be interested in the high-speed network. Did I hear someone say London to Glasgow in half an hour? [PCMag via Dvice]
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