The Hyperloop is the brainchild of billionaire entrepreneur and visionary Elon Musk. It is the the fastest and most efficient land based transportation system ever proposed. What makes the Hyperloop special is that it’s capable of reaching speeds in excess of 760 mph.1 Reaching such speeds when it comes to mass land travel was unheard of previously. Let’s take into perspective the speed of the Hyperloop and compare it to the Boeing 747. The 747 would clock in at a top speed of 570 mph or 920 kmph, considerably slower than the Hyperloop.
World’s First ever Hyperloop in Dubai
The world’s first ever Hyperloop will be built in the city of Dubai.2 It is expected to be fully operational by the year 2021. Hyperloop Dubai would connect the city of Dubai to Abu Dhabi, and the journey would take a mere 12 minutes to complete. Taking into perspective the current transit time from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, Hyperloop Dubai would cut travel time roughly by 1 hour and 11 minutes. Average flight duration is currently 30 minutes.
Hyperloop Dubai would reportedly connect Dubai airport with the Abu Dhabi airport. It would also have additional stops at the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Marina among others.
Decoding the technology behind the Hyperloop
Passengers within a pod would be transported within a near-vacuum tube. The pod would be powered by electro-magnetic motors within this vacuum. The pod would also use air bearings to eliminate friction and thus increase speed. The Loop itself has solar panels on top that provide power and make it self-sustaining.
- “We are now at a stage where, from a technological point of view, we could have a Hyperloop One system built in the UAE in the next five years. Our agreement with the RTA is the biggest step yet towards achieving this goal,” – Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One.
- “With Hyperloop One we have given form to a mobility ecosystem of pods and portals, where the waiting hall has vanished along with waiting itself. Hyperloop One combines collective commuting with individual freedom at near supersonic speed. – Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
According to Elon Musk,3 as the atmosphere on Mars has a mere 1% density compared to the Earth, any future Hyperloops built on the red planet would not need vacuums to support it. It would merely need tracks for the pods to function on.