Here we are: onboard of Elon Musk (Tesla and SpaceX CEO)’s capsule system to transport people on ground at sonic speed!
Hyperloop Tranportation Technologies and IED have recently signed an agreement to develop in a crowdsourcing environment the architectural components of the Hyperloop infrastrcuture and the interiors of the capsules. We have been involved by IED to develop the Design Brief and to direct the design work. Students of the Master in Smart Buildings and Sustainable Design (coordinated by Cesare Griffa) will also be involved in the design process gaining the chance to give an actual contribution at the development of the next phases of this futuristic yet real project.
We will develop design concept for the stations, the multipurpose pylons, the tube itself, and will explore the green technologies that will allow the system to run only on renewable energies. In our storm, we will also involve amazing other collaborators to be announced very soon!
SXSW Eco Dirk Ahlborn Keynote: Transportation of the Future (6th OCtober 2015)
Existing conventional modes of transportation of people consists of four unique types: rail, road, water, and air. These modes of transport tend to be either relatively slow (e.g., road and water), expensive (e.g., air), or a combination of relatively slow and expensive (i.e., rail). Hyperloop is a new mode of transport proposed by Elon Musk in 2013 that seeks to change this paradigm by being both fast and inexpensive for people and goods.
Hyperloop consists of a low pressure tube with capsules that are transported at both low and high speeds (up to 1,223kmph) throughout the length of the tube. The capsules are supported on a cushion of air, featuring pressurized air and aerodynamic lift. The capsules are accelerated via a magnetic linear accelerator affixed at various stations on the low pressure tube with rotors contained in each capsule. Passengers may enter and exit Hyperloop at stations located either at the ends of the tube, or branches along the tube length.
A trip from L.A. to San Francisco will take no longer than 20 minutes.