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PayPal founder Elon Musk to reveal ‘Hyperloop’ plans

The transport system could see journey times between San Fransico and LA cut to 30 minutes

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Elon Musk, the billionaire behind PayPal and Space X, is expected to publish plans today for his supersonic hyperloop concept to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The entrepreneur, who has also helped Nasa develop its Falcon rocket system, has said the hyperloop idea could cut the 380-mile journey between California’s two largest cities down to half an hour thanks to average transport speeds in excess of 700mph.

"I originally started thinking about [Hyperloop] when I read about California's high-speed rail project which was somewhat disappointing," he told a Google Hangout with Richard Branson last week.

He complained that the 130mph high-speed train connection that is currently on the table to link the two cities is unnecessarily expensive and lacking in ambition.

"It's actually worse than taking the plane. I get a little sad when things are not getting better in the future,” said Musk. "Another example would be like the Concorde being retired and the fact there is no supersonic passenger transport. I think that is sad. You want the future to be better than the past, or at least I do."

Musk announced the Hyperloop project last month and has so far revealed few details on the intercity transport system that would allow people to live in San Francisco and work in LA.

On Friday he revealed it’s a “cross between Concorde, a rail gun and an air hockey table” and “involves a tube but not a vacuum tube… not frictionless but very low friction.”

Since the project was announced speculation has been rife about how it would work but the general consensus so far is that Musk has some kind of “rail gun” in mind. This would involve passengers sat in capsules being fired down a tube, which had been stripped of most of its air. A series of magnets would accelerate and brake the cars, and also prevent them from touching the sides of the tube.

Musk has said he will not be patenting the idea and it will be “open source” so that anyone can modify it, or try to create it.

Musk also explained in the Hangout that anything over 1,000 miles would be more suited to supersonic air travel.

He said: “If I were to start another company in the future, which I don’t think is going to be anytime soon, it would be to create an aircraft that is a supersonic, vertical take off and landing electric jet.

“I think that is the ultimate form of transport. I wish someone would do that. If somebody doesn’t do that then maybe at some point in the future I will.”



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Stephen Lucker Kelly said: Electromagnetic radiation composed of photons that carry minimum-ionization energy or more which includes the entire spectrum with shorter wavelengths is therefore termed ionizing radiation There are also many other kinds of ionizing radiation made of non-EM particles Electromagnetic-type ionizing radiation extends from the extreme ultraviolet to all higher frequencies and shorter wavelengths which means that all X-rays and gamma rays are ionizing radiation These are capable of the most severe types of molecular damage which can happen in biology to any type of biomolecule including mutation and cancer and often at great depths from the skin since the higher end of the X-ray spectrum and all of the gamma ray spectrum are penetrating to matter It is this type of damage which causes these types of radiation to be especially carefully monitored due to their hazard even at comparatively low-energies to all living organisms

Guest said: Electromagnetic radiation composed of photons that carry minimum-ionization energy or more which includes the entire spectrum with shorter wavelengths is therefore termed ionizing radiation There are also many other kinds of ionizing radiation made of non-EM particles Electromagnetic-type ionizing radiation extends from the extreme ultraviolet to all higher frequencies and shorter wavelengths which means that all X-rays and gamma rays are ionizing radiation These are capable of the most severe types of molecular damage which can happen in biology to any type of biomolecule including mutation and cancer and often at great depths from the skin since the higher end of the X-ray spectrum and all of the gamma ray spectrum are penetrating to matter It is this type of damage which causes these types of radiation to be especially carefully monitored due to their hazard even at comparatively low-energies to all living organisms

Stephen Lucker Kelly said: Yes they do I even posted links explaining this PLEASE READ THEM Electromagnetic RadiationhttpwwwlblgovMicroWorldshttpenwikipediaorgwikiEThe earth has a huge magnetic field Of course messing with high powered magnets will affect this field and cause problems Look in to how bees react to magnets

halfbeing said: Magnets do not give off radiation It is really very simple There are certain known safety risks associated with magnets such as interfering with pacemakers but these have nothing to do with radiation Obviously the magnetic fields inside the capsule would not be strong enough to pose such a risk or no one with any aspiration to credibility would ever have considered pushing the project

Stephen Lucker Kelly said: Are you talking about yourself I think you need to wake up I obviously know more than you

halfbeing said: Magnets are magnets And you know absolutely nothing about science not even basic elementary school stuff

Stephen Lucker Kelly said: Are you kidding me Are you seriously kidding me Are you comparing magnets on a fridge to electromagnets with high speed tubes flying though more magnets which creates energy in its self with a fridge magnet Are you kidding me Please learn about electromagnet radiation What I mean is go learn how a motor creates electricity The sun has lots and so does the earth Bees can see it and it can kill them To assume that this has no danger is such naive I just cant deal with people with hopeful thinking who dont do research Please show me some science that explains why this is not dangerous

halfbeing said: Magnetism and the electromagnetic spectrum are not the same thing This is really very basic physics The magnet that keeps your fridge shut does not give off radiation

Stephen Lucker Kelly said: Please look in to the electromagnetic spectrum httpwwwlblgovMicroWorldshttpenwikipediaorgwikiEAnd Electromagnetic RadiationhttpwwwlblgovMicroWorldshttpenwikipediaorgwikiE

halfbeing said: Magnets produce magnetic fields not radiation There is already a passenger maglev service in operation in Shanghai so the levitation and propulsion elements in Musks scheme are not new

Stephen Lucker Kelly said: Three Questions One where will the materials come from for this type of project as in can they be sources locally Two will the magnetism not cause problems in the human body Three what will the effects of this be on the environment Including radiation from the magnets

felix said: My version of the hyperloop diagram httplnkdinrREYs



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