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Edinburgh University Involved In Making Super-fast Hyperloop Transport System Project

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Imagine stepping out your front door for a daily commute from Edinburgh to London—and in less time than it takes to finish the crossword, arriving there just 40 minutes later. With today’s grumbles over slow trains and queues at airports, it might seem like a far-fetched prospect, but this could be a reality in the not-too-distant future with the development of a new ‘super train‘. Several teams are currently attempting to build the Hyperloop, a transportation system expected to travel just below the speed of sound, at around Num miles per hour.

A magnetically levitated pod hovers above rails, traveling through a tube where the air has been vacuumed out to minimize air resistance.

Designs for human-sized pods will be tested this coming weekend at a test track in California specially created by the firm Space X, which is holding a series of competitions to help accelerate the design of the Hyperloop prototype.

Next month, a team of students from Edinburgh University will submit their design to SpaceX, with the aim of traveling out to the test track in the summer to develop a prototype vehicle.

Just as Lukosiunas, an electronics and electrical engineering student and secretary of the university’s Hyperloop Edinburgh (HypED) team, said the system would have the ability to change the socio-economic landscape of the country,.

“You could imagine living in Edinburgh and commuting daily to London for your job,” he said. “If implemented on a full scale, from London to Edinburgh, you can expect just 40 minutes of travel time.”

Edinburgh to London in just 40 minutes: how superfast transport could soon become reality

As well as the competition being run by Space X, a space exploration company owned by billionaire Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, start-up companies have also been launched to develop the concept.

These include Hyperloop One, a company based in Los Angeles that describes the concept as “broadband for transportation.”.

Lukosiunas said it was difficult to say how long it would take for the concept of the hyperloop to become a reality. But he added, “There has been a lot of interest worldwide and start-up companies forming. An example is Hyperloop One; they are already performing feasibility studies in the United Arab Emirates and are expecting to produce something tangible in the next 10 years or so.”

Lukosiunas said students in their HypeEd project were also looking at issues such as routes and the costs of implementing the idea.

He said the advantages would include shorter boarding times compared to planes and frequent services.

“What we are proposing is sending one of these pods every 10 seconds,” he said. “So although you might think the infrastructure is really expensive and there are huge capital costs, this kind of decreased access time and greater frequency of service do make it more attractive as a transport system.”

Daniel Cooper, a senior editor of online technology magazine Engadget, said the development of Hyperloop across a country could end the need for short-haul flights.

development of Hyperloop across a country

“If you imagine the number of car journeys, short-haul flights and inter-city train journeys there are—in a world where the Hyperloop is everywhere, you won’t have any of that. “Instead, you would go to a portal, get into a capsule, and be in another city in a matter of minutes.

“It is doable—perhaps not at the speeds they say, but even if it was 400–500 mph, you are still getting there in ridiculously short amounts of time.”

But Cooper said one major stumbling block would be whether private companies or governments would be willing to invest in the idea, even though it would be less expensive than building a new railway as the track could be built on stilts, for example, which would reduce the cost of buying land.

He added: “The issue will not be whether it is feasible, but whether there is appetite enough on behalf of governments and the business community to actually make it happen.”

Source: Edinburgh University

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