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The Hyperloop concept could be developed "open source" by the engineering community.

Engineers love problems, we all solve them everyday in our lives and in our work. For many, after a few years at the bench-level in engineering, life eventually starts to look more like a Dilbert cartoon than like "Real Genius". Millions of people are sharing their ideas, pictures, thoughts, memes and jokes via social media every day.

What if all the engineers were able to just as easily share their work, their ideas, their particular talents and specialties to move a critical project like Hyperloop into reality?

LocalMotors did it with Rally Fighter...why not use their system to do it for Hyperloop? Pitch in at https://forge.localmotors.com/pages/project.php?cg=12297&tab=project-home

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    Sep 12 2013: I agree we should all be able to share our work, problems, etc. If you can figure a way to compensate people that help solve problems that you get compensated for...then you are on to something. If you build the hyperloop high enough above ground level above the trees and what not, then there would only be support beams seen from the ground. I really like this concept the Mr. Musk has proposed. I would really like to join in on the ground work if it ever takes off one day. Eventually, I see a hyperloop across the whole planet. You could seamlessly go for a weekend trip to tibet, or australia. Life would be grand wouldnt it?
    • Sep 12 2013: That would indeed be grand! If you want to get involved in the design/engineering effort you can come to the Local Motors website and find the Hyperloop project.

      We are moving towards a design contest for the ticketing/arrival/security/boarding process that will be compatible with a 30 minute travel time. We are also starting planning for design contests for the Capsule and the Stations.

      Engineering work will follow, with the goal of completing first a feasibility study that verifies the assumptions made in the Alpha proposal, and follows up with higher-fidelity simulations and calculations to drive down the risk going into the prototype engineering phase.

      We would like to experiment with various contest, microincentive, community-based cooperation and other work schema for the engineering to figure out the most effective eco-system of techniques to drive a self-organized project to completion.

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