Hyperloop Test Track Receives First Test Tube Set: From Elon Musk’s White Paper to Reality

One of the companies planning to build a Hyperloop test track has begun receiving its first set of test tubes, reported Tech Insider’s Cadie Thompson. Hyperloop Technologies, which is located in the arts district of downtown L.A., tweeted dramatic images of the tubes.

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In March,  Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) CEO Dirk Ahlborn trailblazed a path to become the first one to create a working Hyperloop transportation system, thus fulfilling the vision of Tesla founder and tech innovator Elon Musk.  According to Crowdfund Insider, Ahlborn reportedly reached an agreement to create a 5 mile stretch of Hyperloop track in California’s Central Valley.  The project is part of  Quay Valley described as a new “sustainable 21st century town.”

Dirk Ahlborn“Our agreement with Quay Valley is a major milestone in the advancement of the Hyperloop project,” stated Ahlborn. “This installation will allow us to demonstrate all systems on a full scale and immediately begin generating revenues for our shareholders through actual operations.”

Where can future riders board the Loop? Quay Valley is located on 7,500 acres directly between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Quay Valley is said to be the first urban center to be built with special attention paid to the highest levels of green design standards and resource conservation. The community will be a 100% solar-powered, self-sustaining residential community of 25,000 homes that incorporates cutting-edge technology into a retail, education, entertainment and hospitality infrastructure, generates thousands of jobs, and strengthens the Central Valley’s economy–all while protecting the natural resources and beauty of the land.

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As reported in Crowdfund Insider back in 2013, JumpStarter announced its reaching out to SpaceX to feature Elon Musk’s Hyperloop concept on its recently launched crowdfunding platform – JumpStartFund. The Hyperloop “project,” went through the platform’s standard “evolutionary” processes, where registered users vote, comment, vet, refine, and impact ideas in development – from conception to funding. The Hyperloop which Musk claimed would cost only $6 Billion to construct has been estimated to cost exponentially more by many others.  The mass transportion device would be designed to move passengers around at speeds up to 760 miles per hour.  California has talked about developing a high speed train and estimated costs for that project range around $70 billion.

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In late 2014, Crowdfund Insider covered UCLA Architecture and Urban Design and Hyperloop Technologies, Inc.’s findings from their fall quarter research partnership earlier this week. Led by Professor Craig Hodgetts, in collaboration with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. CEO Dirk Ahlborn, the studio has been devoted to building a foundation of knowledge through research into urban demographics, seating arrangements, and topographic conditions.

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The design team of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, lead by Suprastudios, operated by UCLA at their IDEAS Campus in Playa Vista, unveiled detailed Hyperloop designs for the capsule interior and exterior, as well as station and tube designs in 2014.

hyperloopHyperloop Transportation Technologies is powered by the collaboration platform JumpStartFund; nearly 170 plus team professionals have signed up to assist in the project.These members are described as professionals, engineers and designers from some of the most esteemed organizations on the planet including Boeing, Airbus, NASA, Harvard, UCLA and Stanford, collaborating globally in the U.S., Asia, Australia and Europe. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016 and will be a working passenger ready Hyperloop.  Save me a seat!


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