Elon Musk's Hyperloop Plans to be Unveiled Soon; Falls Just Shy of Star Trek Transporter

July 15, 2013 11:11 AM EDT
Star Trek geeks are buzzing Monday after genius billionaire Elon Musk announced that a design for his ultra high-speed transportation system, or Hyperloop, will be unveiled next month.

In a tweet this morning, the Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) and SpaceX CEO said the alpha design for the Hyperloop system will be published on August 12. He is welcoming critical feedback for improvements after the design is released.

"Will publish Hyperloop alpha design by Aug 12. Critical feedback for improvements would be much appreciated."

Little detail has been released about the Hyperloop at this point, but in the past Mr. Musk described it as "a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table," and will be able to transport people from LA to San Fransisco in only 30 minutes.

In the past, Musk said:
"This system I have in mind, how would you like something that can never crash, is immune to weather, it goes 3 or 4 times faster than the bullet train… it goes an average speed of twice what an aircraft would do. You would go from downtown LA to downtown San Francisco in under 30 minutes. It would cost you much less than an air ticket than any other mode of transport. I think we could actually make it self-powering if you put solar panels on it, you generate more power than you would consume in the system. There's a way to store the power so it would run 24/7 without using batteries. Yes, this is possible, absolutely."

So while the Hyperloop system would fall short of a Star Trek full body transporter, it would be the next best thing.

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