Hyperloop could start to form an interconnected mesh of electric cars and flying machines in just five years’ time
The transit system, first detailed by Elon Musk in a 2013 white paper, could traverse the 380 miles between San Francisco and Los Angeles in just 35 minutes at a speed of 760 mph. It’s come under criticism from experts that question, among other issues, whether a sealed tube would work — as in, stay sealed — work over such long distances.
Not only would it work, one industry expert claims, but a track could emerge within a decade.
Thierry Marin-Martinod, aerospace and defense chief technology officer for Switzerland-based TE Connectivity, tells Inverse that “we should see a project” in “best case, five, less than eight years.” (TE Connectivity is a sponsor of rLoop, a Reddit-formed team that competed in SpaceX’s first hyperloop competition in January 2017.)
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