Dubai – Abu Dhabi Hyperloop
Brogan Bambroganco, founder of Hyperloop said they hope to have a fully functional Hyperloop “in the next five or six years”.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
The Hyperloop would be a bunch of small pods (rather than one large train) and would be on demand, leaving when you want to leave, and going directly to your chosen station.The infrastructure will be made up of large tubes that run between destinations, and the pods will hover in these (they’d levitate rather than be on tracks). They will then control the environment within the main tube so that there will only be a very small amount of air in the environment, creating a suction of sorts, so that the pods move from one end to the other (very, very quickly – like a parcel in a postal shoot). They’re working on plans to run them either underwater or above ground.
“The question isn’t what happens if Hyperloop works, the question is what happens when Hyperloop works,” Bambrogan said confidently of the plans.
If they built one from Dubai to Abu Dhabi there would be two tubes, one for each direction (and our commute time would go down from 90 minutes to 15 minutes).“Inside the tube there is no turbulence, it’s absolutely an elevator,” Bambrogan, who is also the CEO of Hyperloop Technologies Inc, explained of the technology.
“We love our transportation so much that we often use it to congestion,” he added of why we need to innovate in terms of transport.
The technology is based on a white paper published by famous inventor Elon Musk in 2010 that provided the framework for a hyperloop (the fact he published it as a ‘white paper’ means its an open source design, and Musk welcomes anyone to try and build it – which is what Bambrogan’s company is doing).
I am wondering what might open up if this system was to be utilised as a link between Heathrow and Gatwick Airports?