CEO Elon Musk
is a dreamer, but he also has a lot of money, some serious brain power of his own, and now he also has the support of the crowdsourced JumpStartFund and two engineers with impressive resumes that are going to help him create his Hyperloop
The project will be headed up by Drs. Marco Villa and Patricia Galloway. Villa was the former director of SpaceX
mission operations, and Galloway was the first woman President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), among numerous other achievements.
Hyperloop passenger capsule
Musk’s proposed Hyperloop system
would be solar powered and would use a linear induction motor with a compressor to accelerate and decelerate pod-like passenger vehicles that would zip through tubes at speeds that could get riders from L.A. to San Francisco in roughly 30 minutes.
Creating such a system is no small feat, but the engineers believe they can tackle it. “There does not seem to be any technical issues on this project that we can’t solve, even if we do not know right away, we will figure it out,” said Dr. Villa.
We wish them the best of luck.