What would a day be without another announcement from one of Elon Musk's companies? This news comes via Musk's Twitter and Instagram pages. The tech entrepreneur broke a speed record he'd previously set for his Hyperloop Pod.
In the post, he said "We took the SpaceX/Tesla Hyperloop pusher pod for a spin by itself a few days ago to see what it could do when not pushing student pods (some needed a push to get going, e.g. passive maglev). Got up to 355 km/h (220 mph) before things started (fire emoji)."
We're really hoping the fire emoji didn't represent the whole thing going up in flames.
We took the SpaceX/Tesla Hyperloop pusher pod for a spin by itself a few days ago to see what it could do when not pushing student pods (some need a push to get going, e.g. passive maglev). Got up to 355 km/h (220 mph) before things started. Kind of like racing with a tugboat. Maybe able get past 500 km/h (about half speed of sound) next month with a few tweaks or maybe tiny pieces …
After testing student pods for the Hyperloop Pod Competition, Musk and his team decided to see what happened if they put their own on the pusher device. Musk anticipates doubling the speed to 500 km/h -- that's half the speed of sound -- within the next month.
Eventually, Musk wants the Hyperloop system to partner into his Boring Company tunnels in Hawthorne, California. There's even been talk of a Hyperloop to get people from Washington D.C. to New York City and back. That journey would be just 29 minutes.
In the announcement via Twitter, Musk said "just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins." He also noted that it would be "city center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city."
Currently, Hyperloop One is partnering with Dubai and Abu Dhabi to make the 99 mile (160 km) trek in just 12 minutes via hyperloop pods.
A Boring Update
In other recent and related news, the Boring Company -- that underground tunnel of Musk's Twitter dreams -- won the ability to extend their excavation. The Hawthorne, California city council voted four-to-one in favor of letting the Boring Company dig approximately 1.6 miles more beneath the city.
Musk admits that the process isn't the fastest. He's made plenty of jabs at himself and his boring machines. The company has a pet snail named Gary (yes, after the SpongeBob character) and named its first boring machine Godot. Literature references aside, Musk used the name to allude to the fact that he'd constantly be "waiting for Godot." Just to bore out the additional 1.6 miles would take the company an estimated 141 days (assuming Godot keeps trucking along at 60 ft per day).
However, progress (no matter how slow) is still being made.