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Lance Baxter
Posted 7 months ago
The Hyperloop concept could be developed "open source" by the engineering community.
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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Lance Baxter
Posted 7 months ago
The Hyperloop concept could be developed "open source" by the engineering community.
Mr. Musk's proposal is based around a system connecting LA and San Francisco, California. This route is currently being developed for high speed rail and that project is estimated to be over $68.4 Billion. Mr. Musk was motivated to make his proposal for Hyperloop by the extreme cost and less than impressive performance estimates for that system. That being said, where hyperloop is ACTUALLY located is up to all of us, really Anywhere that there is a significant population of people who are, or would be travelling over a distance that is 200-500km with level terrain in-between them is a potential candidate for the system. The rough business case Mr. Musk presents relies on a very significant number of travelers per year, but is based on US construction costs and constraints.