SpaceX Officially Announces the Development of a Functional Hyperloop Prototype

We’re going to be honest with you, this announcement comes as a surprise, considering Elon Musk typically uses Twitter for such purposes. Sure, we all knew what the Tesla Motors CEO had in mind for the future of transportation, but learning we’re one year from seeing a half-scale Hyperloop happening is more than just exciting.
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The man who wants to save the world switching the coal button off and turning the E-power as bright as possible has said it before. Traveling faster than a train, cleaner, and with fewer expenses, that’s one of the new waves of transportation in his vision. Until recently, however, there was not a lot of movement on Musk’s behalf.

Instead, we did hear about Hyperloop Technologies who have accepted the challenge of building the futuristic means of transportation based on SolarCity’s chairman’s plans. We were telling you people that the organization managed to raise around $8.5 million (EUR7.4 million) until February this year, which was quite short, considering the amount of cash needed to finish a first 5-mile track.

We were, in fact, wondering what’s Musk doing all this time, but here we are less than a month later, with a proper answer. It turns out, SpaceX will be making sure that other companies find the best way to create a functional prototype. According to Motherboard, SpaceX is building a one- to three-mile-long hyperloop test track outside its Hawthorne, California headquarters. They claim a first test should be ready to kick off in one year.

The aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company will first organize a design competition. “In addition to hosting the competition, SpaceX will likely build a pod for demonstration purposes only,” an official document obtained by the source states.

Turns out we are closer to a Concorde-like flight than a lot of people out there thought. Still, we’re going to see first to believe.

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