In 2013, responding to California state plans for a high-speed rail line connecting Northern and Southern California, SpaceX Founder and CEO Elon Musk called for engineering teams to create something called a Hyperloop. His idea: build a vacuum tube transport system that can travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes. It’s a pod that travels in a low pressure tube with air and magnets causing it to move at at 760 mph. You wouldn’t lie down in it; you’d sit up in it like a passenger on an airplane.
Part of the technology was tested in the Nevada desert in May by a startup called Hyperloop One. It took 1.1 second to go a mile. It was just a model of the Hyperloop, a prototype with a 10-foot sled on the back.
The full model prototype will be done by the end of the year, and tested on a longer stretch of track. The May test didn’t have brakes figured out, and they drove into sand to stop it. A bunch of teams are helping to work on it.
“I’d like to travel in it one day. My grandma lives in LA; it’d be fun to travel there in 30 minutes,” says Brandon.