HYPERLOOP: TRAVEL BEYOND SPACE AND TIME?

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HYPERLOOP: TRAVEL BEYOND SPACE AND TIME?

This is the new travel technology that is slated to change goods and commodities are transported and the way passengers travel from one place to another. The technology proposes a train that will travel faster than the speed of sound (435 miles / hour or 700 km/hour). These speeds will be achieved by having the train move through a vacuum tube specially constructed for the purpose. By eliminating the air particles that offer resistance, this train will move on tracks using a principle similar to Magella princuiple where the train hovers above the tracks and moves using the magnetic force.

While the very first hyperloop connection was proposed between San Francisco and Los Angeles, there are several other projects also currently under discussion across different countries. These include a project proposed in Dubai, Germany and also in India, between Mumbai and Pune.

In the initial phase while it is certain that once the Hyperloop connection is running, it will change the way the two destinations interact, do business and exchange goods, services, human resources and commercial resources. But it is the large initial investment that appears to be a deterrent, with the process of developing the vacuum tube being a technological challenge today.

Also due to this large initial investment, experts believe that the Hyperloop technology will continue to remain a limited offering, and architects and infrastructure planners will have to connect this line with the existing standard networks. With governments and independent urban investors both backing these experiments, it will be interesting to see how quickly and efficiently the first of these projects will be rolled out.

 

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