If you’re not sure what the hyperloop is, take a stroll through our previous hyperloop stories. The latest hyperloop update is simply that a company has been created to move the concept forward. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is the name.
Other news is that the initial feasibility study has already been completed. (That’s fast!) Current work is focused around sharpening up the conceptual design.
Patricia Galloway is now leading the project. Galloway may not be a household name, but she’s a pioneer in certain circles. She was the first woman to become president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and she has also served on the US National Science Board. As Green Car Reports notes, “Recent projects on her resume include expanding the Panama Canal and building floodgates around the historic Italian city of Venice.”
Many others are also involved now, but one of the other very notable hyperloop leaders is Marco Villa, the former director of mission operations at SpaceX.
“Several other companies are also on-board, including manufacturing and design company GloCal Network Corporation (GLOCAL), UCLA Architecture and Urban Design’s graduate program SUPRASTUDIO, and ANSYS, who completed the feasibility analysis.”
While the already-legendary Elon Musk was the leading voice behind the creation of the hyperloop concept, he noted months ago that he didn’t have the time to devote towards this right now — SpaceX and Tesla Motors have him busy enough as is. However, he and members of his SpaceX and Tesla Motors teams did pull an all-nighter to get the initial hyperloop concept out to the public and open for development by anyone who wanted to run with it.
Again, run through our hyperloop archives for more info, but the basic idea of the hyperloop is that you are seated in pods in a long, train-like vehicle that is propelled forward several times faster than cars or trains in a nearly vacuum-sealed tunnel. Furthermore, the source of energy used for propelling the hyperloop “trains” would be electricity, which would theoretically come from solar panels. In other words, it would be about as green as it gets.
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