It’s still slightly hard to believe: Elon Musk wants to rocket people around in a vacuum tube at 800 mph powered by magnets. It’s not a crazy fever dream. Despite several logistical hurdles, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is getting ready to build a full-sized test track in weeks.
The concept behind Hyperloop is a little odd at first blush: it’s like high-speed train, but instead of rails, the passages space is suspended inside a tube by magnets, and could theoretically move from LA to San Fran in 30 minutes. When Musk announced the idea in 2013 it seemed like pure fantasy. 2 years later, it’s almost here.
HTT will begin construction on the 5-mile Hyperloop test track “in the next two or three weeks” according to a report from Dezeen.
HTT has yet to comment.
While the final design is set to travel at 760 mph – almost the speed of sound – the test track will only travel at a mere 160 mph with passengers, in case anything should go wrong. The craziest figure however is the passenger count: HTT plans to move over 10 million people during its test run. Don’t get ready to buy a ticket just yet, however:
construction will take 32 months to finish.
The construction will take place in the planned Quay Valley, a proposed solar-powered town in Kings County, California, which is different from Elon Musk’s test track. Elon Musk’s company Space X is planning on building its own hyper loop test track in Texas.