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SpaceX's Elon Musk's next great endeavor? A human colony on Mars - The Space Reporter

SpaceX's Elon Musk's next great endeavor? A human colony on Mars - The Space Reporter | Engineering | Scoop.it
The Space ReporterSpaceX's Elon Musk's next great endeavor?

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Could we possibly be living on Mars in the near future? Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and cofounder of four different $50 billion companies, claims that it will come sooner than we think. Musk has already began to conduct research on the project and plans to send ten astronauts to colonize the planet.

The idea of putting humans on Mars first crossed Musk's mind shortly after NASA sent the rover "Curiosity" to Mars. At this point,Musk is sure it can be done. The price range for a ticket to Mars would be around $500,000, which Musk thinks is a reasonable price, and it would take roughly six months to get there. Musk claims that "the price needs to be low enough for people in advanced countries, in their mid-forties, to make the trip." He adds that he envisions 80,000 people living in this society. 

There are many thoughts and possibly hundreds of contradictions already stirring about moving to Mars. For now, its just another one of Musk's ideas. In the meantime Musk will be busy building a fully reusable rocket to transfer people back and forth to Mars and also keep the ticket price affordable. http://thespacereporter.com/2012/11/spacexs-elon-musks-next-great-endeavor-a-human-colony-on-mars/

 

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Can Hyperloop Actually Be Built?

Can Hyperloop Actually Be Built? | Engineering | Scoop.it
The next big deal — or debate — in the transportation field isn't a Jetsons-style flying car, high-speed train or monorail. It's the Hyperloop, a 19th-century mailroom technology with a 21...

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Can Elon Musk's Hyperloop actually be built? Patricia Galloway, who is part of a Los Angeles team in charge of figuring out how to make the Hyperloop a reality, says "we wouldn't be wasting our time if we didn't think so." She later on, however, responds to Paul Coleman, another member of the team, stating that she believes it will be done. There will be problems such as the high speeds shaking the passenger pod but Galloway claims "that's what prototypes are for." The Hyperloop team is based out of the old Howard Hughes hangar at Playa Vista, California. UCLA's Architecture and Urban Design professor Craig Hodgetts, who is also on the team, will have to cooperate with other university engineers and physicists for the next year. Within this next year, Hodgett and his team will complete a working design of the Hyperloop. Hodgett claims that if politics and the economy are willing, construction could start as soon as eighteen months.

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Interactive Infographic: What Would A Hyperloop Nation Look Like ...

Interactive Infographic: What Would A Hyperloop Nation Look Like ... | Engineering | Scoop.it
Explore a hypothetical North American Hyperloop network, where total travel time between cities by Hyperloop is represented by color. Click on a city to re-center the map at a different origin. Mouse over a destination city to ...
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This website has created an interactive diagram of what Elon Musk's Hyperloop system would look like stretching from Los Angeles to Mexico City and even New York. The Hyperloop will hold 28 passenger pods and would roar down the I-5 corridor at 760 mph. Of course Musk would have to find a way to make the system comfortable being that it moves so fast. The Hyperloop could link places such as Salt Lake City and Seattle or Chicago and Memphis bringing different cultures and economies together. The Hyperloop is estimated to cost one-tenth of the California high-speed transportation project, however, transportation experts say this price is underestimated. Each year people take two million flights from New York to Washington D.C and six million rides on Amtrak. Musk states that with a pod departing every thirty seconds, then Hyperloop would be making 7.4 million trips a year. 

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Elon Musk's Hyperloop And The Incredible Shrinking Megalopolis

Elon Musk's Hyperloop And The Incredible Shrinking Megalopolis | Engineering | Scoop.it

Elon Musk may be a kindred spirit of 19th century architect Daniel Burnham. If not, Musk has at least taken Burnham's advice to heart: "Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood...."

 

The internet has been abuzz with Musk's recent proposal for the Hyperloop, a super-high-speed personal transportation system that would run from San Francisco to Los Angeles. In theory, it could get you from one city to another in a record 35 minutes. Though there's been a great deal of debate overhow the Hyperloop would work there's been relatively little discussion about why Musk has taken the time to formulate such a proposal. Why is the guy who pioneered online payments, who has pushed the limits of space travel, and who pioneered electric cars, suddenly be interested in the future of rail?

The short answer is that Musk, who has been prescient in his ability to predict social and industrial trends, sees that cities are changing and demand a new kind of high-speed travel. We need transportation for the region-spanning megalopolis.


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Elon Musk, an engineer, entrepreneur, and billionaire whose goal is to solve social, economic, and environmental troubles. He has also been recognized as the real life Tony Stark from websites such as Forbes.com and Telegraph.co.uk..At age ten he bought his first computer and taught himself how to program, and by twelve, he sold his first commercial software. He is the co-founder of Paypal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX and a man described to be “John D. Rockefeller, Steve Jobs, and Howard Hughes rolled into one.” (Ashlee Vance, businessweek.com) Musk’s most recent idea, the Hyperloop, has caught the media's attention. 

The Hyperloop is said to be a high-speed transportation system that will run from Los Angeles to San Francisco in under thirty minutes. Why is the chairman of Tesla Motors  and SpaceX thinking about building a futuristic railway system? It started when California came up with the proposal to build a so-called high-speed railway system. Musk responded in frustration, stating that it could be faster, safer, and cheaper way. If you are going to do something you have to do it right. He sees the California transportation system as vital to the region and wouldn't just do it for California citizens but other Americans as well. Not only would the Hyperloop be able to transport people but also products and resources to different cities. This way of thinking comes from the idea of BosWash, which is a megaregion (a city that has expanded and gotten denser)  of suburbs and cities that stretches from Boston to Washington, hence the name BosWash. Other areas such as The Gulf Coast, the Great Lakes, and California are all growing and developing into a megaregion. The Hyperloop will be designed to "break down the barriers between these megaregions."


Vance, A. n.d. n. page. <http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-09-13/elon-musk-the-21st-century-industrialist>.

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Think of the impact on land values if transport costs (time) can be lowered?  Think of the impact on restaurants?  Getting merchandise faster and fresher?  I could have lunch in San Fran, Dinner in LA and still take the dog for a walk in San Diego in the evening.  I hope the fixed rail sector will keep an open mind on this.

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Can Musk's Hyperloop Deliver the Future of Travel?-Finance EXpertTeam

Aug. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Brian Blair, principal and senior tech analyst at Wedge Partners and Barry Ritholtz, CEO at Fusioniq, discuss the merits of Elon Musk'...
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Brian Blair from Wedge Partners and Barry Ritholtz from Fusioniq discuss Elon Musk's Hyperloop with Bloomberg Television's Scarlet Fu, Tom Keene, and Alix Steel. Blair begins by comparing Musk's design to the way a bank sends checks through a vacuum tube, then goes on to state that there is a flaw in the Hyperloop model. If there happens to be a small crack anywhere throughout the system then it would surely fail.

The Hyperloop would be designed to help the citizens of California commute from San Francisco to Los Angeles, but Barry Ritholtz disagrees, claiming that the only thing it would help is Musk getting back and forth between Tesla and SpaceX. He adds that a big issue for the Hyperloop would be the frequent earthquakes that occur in California "At 800 mph, there's not a lot of room for error." Little does he know, Musk plans for the Hyperloop system to be supported by earthquake resistant pillars. 

With Hyperloop being one-tenth the cost of the California high-speed rail project and also being faster, Blair argues that it should be considered. However, there are many critics of the Hyperloop. Alix Steel and Scarlet Fu argue Musk's credentials with him being the founder of PayPal and the first to release a mainstream electric car. Tom Keene believes that there is still a possibility for human error, especially with speeds up to 800 mph. Ritholtz finally discloses that this human error can be removed with proper engineering and design. 

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Elon Musk: A fifth mode of transport.

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Elon Musk describes the fifth mode of transport, the Hyperloop. He explains that the idea of the Hyperloop was brought on by the California bullet train being that it is the slowest and most expensive bullet train. Musk goes on to describe the Hyperloop saying that it can never crash, is weather resistance, and moves up four times faster than the California bullet train being able to go from downtown LA to downtown San Francisco in under thirty minutes. It would also cost you less than any other means of transportation. The system would store the solar power consumed during the day so that it is able to run 24/7. It may seem a little far-fetched but Musk thinks it is absolutely possible. 

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