Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hyped About The Hyperloop

I'm sure most of you have heard about the Hyperloop. If not, by all means, read up on it! It's a proposed high-speed transportation system that's essentially what you get if you were to place a bullet train inside a pneumatic tube. In other words, it's the coolest thing ever!

The proposed super train is expected to span long distances in really short amounts of time. Imagine traveling the same distance of a six-hour car trip in less than half an hour!

Not only that, but this train will be powered solely by solar energy and constructed from super affordable lightweight material, making it faster, cheaper, and greener than the average plane or train.

Right now, a prototype is being tested out in the Nevada desert. The first phase of testing was conducted just a day or so ago, where they were able to launch a test aluminum sled along a 200 foot track at 120 mph in a second.

The results are nothing short of amazing. You have to check it out for yourself:

The good news is that more testing will be done throughout the year, and hopefully, it will allow this awesome idea to come closer to becoming an awesome reality.

The bad news? If the Hyperloop does become reality, it probably won't come into fruition here in the states because, according to the people behind it, "the regulatory environment in the U.S. isn't friendly."

Sigh. Once again, government regulation kills innovation.