First Click: Hyperloop or loopy hype?

First Click: Hyperloop or loopy hype?

Elon Musk famously described Hyperloop as “a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun… and an air hockey table.” He first floated his idea for the high-speed ground transportation system in July 2012, and then again in May 2013 at the D11 conference. In August of 2013, Musk followed up his musings with a 58-page plan that laid out the fundamentals for Hyperloop Alpha, a tube designed to shoot aluminum pods carrying passengers and vehicles from LA to San Francisco at speeds of up to 800mph. That’s fast enough to cover the entire 380 mile trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes.

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“If it was my top priority, I could probably get [a working prototype] done in one to two years,” said Musk at the time. “But it’s going to be pretty far…

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