Posted by Pete McBreen 25 Jun 2021 at 23:03
Now the Calgary - Edmonton link is dreaming about a hyperloop, Alberta’s version is called Transpod. Did no reporter look at the image and ask any questions?
- The pretty photoshop picture shows a transparent tube - that is going to work well as a structural material to contain a vacuum
- These transparent tubes are called “magnetic tubes” – there are very few transparent materials that are able to generate or support strong magnetic fields
- Speeds of up to 1,000 kilometres an hour, that is going to need a pretty hard vacuum to prevent the pod from generating a massive pressure wave in front of it as it travels at that speed
- The picture shows nothing in the way of pumping infrastructure to maintain the vacuum
- How long will it take to pump the vacuum down at each end of the line?
- What provision is there for passengers to escape from the pod in the case of an issue? It is not like you can walk through a vacuum
- Why did nobody ask about all the other vapourware hyperloops that have been in development? Nobody has yet demonstrated anything beyond a toy prototype.
- Why did nobody as why not just build a high speed rail line for passengers and cargo?