Virgin Hyperloop pod transport tests first passenger journey
A video has now been released https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/video-virgin-hyperloop-tests-worldfirst-human-travel-in-hyperloop-pod showing the system.It will be interesting to see where this goes. The technology may be fine and effective but cost is always a key part to determine its longterm success or not. they are claiming its the first new technology transport system in 100 years, no maglev and maybe even monorail would be new. Maglev has been like Fusion, the holy grail that keeps falling over on cost although I suspect Fusion has more chance of economic success.
A video has now been released https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/video-virgin-hyperloop-tests-worldfirst-human-travel-in-hyperloop-pod showing the system.
To travel at +1000km/h it needs to be maglev in a vacuum tube. The maglev technology wise we have done, building a multiple 100km long tube, not an issue, its often called a pipeline or a subway/Metro. Combining all this inside a near vacuum including dealing with the pressure issues around stations and safety issues, lets see.The current state of the Hyperloop in real life is a short tunnel in Las Vegas being run by Tesla's to nowhere near the capacity touted by Elon, to which the number he quoted is physically impossible to achieve.
Musk has a knack of getting things right, eventually, most of the time and there are numerous different parties spending up on this, so lets see. As for Syd-Mel, I suspect the B737/A320 that are on order by QF and Vermin etc will enter service and leave service at end of life without major ground based transport competition.