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Hyperloop One plans to take supersonic tube transport underwater

by • August 7, 2016 • No Comments

Back in May Hyperloop One revealed a number of applications for the transportation innovation that it is developing. Now board member and CEO of the X-Prize Foundation, Peter Diamandis, has confirmed in an interview with Business Insider that the company is interested in making an underwater option of the process that may be utilized to move cargo to floating ports 10 miles offshore.

Hyperloop One transportation innovation is created to move passenger and cargo capsules through evacuated steel tubes at supersonic speeds. The applications floated when the initially public demonstration of the innovation took place earlier this year included plans to connect Scandinavian cities, an underground tunnel between London and Manchester, and running the Hyperloop tubes underwater as a way to reduce routing costs and revolutionize cargo handling.

Hyperloop One has shown a number of conceptual drawings of the latter, that envisions a next where conventional docklands and port facilities are turned into residential zones and parkland as tubes move cargo handling offshore to floating platforms. Container ships may dock to drop off and pick up cargo of the Hyperloop process at these offshore platforms.

Hyperloop One’s electromagnetic propulsion process doing a demonstration run in May 2016

“We’ve been talking to a lot of the port authorities around the world of re-engineering their ports in this kind of fashion,” Diamandis told Business Insider.

He went on to say that the reconoption of seaports may create “a massive real-estate boom” much like to that in London’s Docklands after the obsolete port facilities were turned over for business and residential redevelopment.

“Long Beach, near where I live, is a attractive California coast that is all but covered with ports or cargo containers and ships,” says Diamandis. “Imagine if you may regain all of that coast for parks and homes and beaches by bringing the port and putting the port ten miles off shore.”

Hyperloop One plans to run its transport pipelines underwater

In addition, Diamandis says that Hyperloop One is discussing underwater passenger travel.

Hyperloop One is in addition involved in initiatives for Russia and Finland and has revealed that it is assembling a new construction facility at its Nevada test range. But, this string of announcements over the past two months are offset by the fact that the Hyperloop One has yet to address quite important inquiries as to the technical feasibility and commercial viability of its process.

In addition, with the clock ticking against its schedule for a test run of the full process by the end of this year, the company is embroiled in a few quite serious internal disputes. In June, one of its co-founders Brogan BamBrogan, resigned and filed a lawsuit against Hyperloop One citing financial mismanagement, nepotism, and harassment. Subsequently, the management slapped a countersuit for US$250 million against BamBrogan and others for violation of contract and trying to stage a “coup” to take over the company.

In the end, whether this new string of initiative announcements is a sign of a company moving forward or one in injure control is a fewthing that just the next can reveal.

Sources: Hyperloop One, Business Insider

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