Elon Musk Shares Video Of A Hyperloop Pod Speeding Up To 202MPH In Near-Vacuum Tube

September 1, 2017

Note: Don't watch if you get sick or seizure easily.

This is a first person POV video shared by Elon Musk of a prototype WARR Hyperloop pod speeding up to 324km/h (~202MPH) in its near-vacuum tube. I watched it at full screen and felt like I was in a spaceship about to take off. The only thing that could have made it feel realer was some astronaut ice cream, which my coworker Phil refused to run out and get for me because "Where the hell do you buy astronaut ice cream?" Gee, I don't know, maybe at THE SPACE STORE? "What's a space store?" Does that not exist? I have no clue, my mom still does all our shopping because I throw tantrums.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to DaveByDay, who may or may not be a superhero by night.

  • Mark

    I'd like to know how far we traveled in those few seconds of ludicrous speed.

  • Kanger

    "Note: Don't watch if you get sick or seizure easily."

    Adds seizure inducing gif as the headline picture. Good job.

  • skeptic

    Looks like mandingo entering your mom's cornhole.

  • Jenness

    I wonder if anyone has had sex in it yet - and then decided to claim they "came at the speed of light" or if they die "Came and Went at the same time" because honestly, it's worth it just to say that or have that on your tombstone.

  • Ollie Williams

    Let's make that happen. Meet at the tunnel at 6?

  • Jenness
  • GeneralDisorder

    There sure was a lot of noise for a near-vacuum...

    I can't believe people are still trying to build this braindead fart of an idea. I think enclosed train tunnels are an ok idea as long as it's doable. Enclosed train tunnels at negative pressure... Completely fucking stupid. People are going to die.

    The TUC (time of useful consciousness) at 30,000 feet is measured in seconds. They want the air pressure inside the tube (which... by the way is planned to be hundreds of miles long if it ever exists in reality) which would take... I don't know... days to depressurize

    So what happens when one of these little fuck-wagons inside the tube loses pressure? Because it has to be pressurized for the occupants to survive. The vehicle has to exit the tube or the the pressure in the tube needs to go back to 1ATM.

    Or... people will die. The occupants will be dead before anyone on the outside even notices.

  • Zachary Zarko

    I agree. It's completely impossible to build pressurized vehicles that can safely operate in low-pressure environments. That's why nobody ever developed practical aircraft that could reliably fly at high altitudes without nearly always killing everyone on board.

  • GeneralDisorder

    If you listen to the wank they want to use pressures lower than the stratosphere for the hyperloop. So first they have to expend the energy to pump that air out (which is astonomical considering the world's largest vacuum chamber can do that but takes hours to get there and enormous amounts of energy).

    Then they want to air-lock in some little tiny spacecraft on rails deal made by the lowest bidder.

    But hey, on the plus side the occupants won't live long enough to know they're screwed when any of the countless points of failure inevitably does.

  • MadMonkey

    I am utterly flabbergasted that nobody has ever thought about this issue before you.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I'm sure that's sarcasm and if so I approve of this message.

    Now... ask yourself. If the hyperloop is as fantastic and wonderful as Crazy Mr. Musk thinks... why are they using engineering students and design competitions to work out what the vehicles will look like?

    If it's really as good as Musk thinks it is wouldn't engineers and scientists be flocking to him begging to be part of it?

    I genuinely think the idea is cool as all frig. But he really needs to step off this vacuum chamber high-horse and get with the reality of the situation. If you want to build thousands of miles of steel pressure tube you also need on average a half inch section of expansion joint. So that expansion joint needs to also keep the pressure from changing. Why bother? Just make small enclosed tunnels. Run aerodynamic mag-lev at normal atmospheric pressure. Rather than up the risk factor my a billion for no particular gain.

  • Bosun Higgs

    Vacuum tube? Does that mean you have to wait several minutes for it to warm up and begin to glow before you can use it?

  • Wilf Smith

    It means it collects discarded socks, change and dust in that order. And will choke on socks.

  • Ollie Williams

    Weird. It looked like the background was zooming out when it stopped.

  • Draco Basileus

    Elon Musk - The Hero we need, the Bond villain we deserve.

  • Bling Nye

    I'm not sure whether I'm going to have a seizure, vomit or get an erection from watching that. Looks like all three! WHEEAAHAHORRRRRFFFF

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