Hyperloop: SpaceX dismantled the subsonic train test tunnel


According to information from Bloomberg, SpaceX has dismantled its Hyperloop test tunnel, the subsonic train that promises to make its passengers travel in vacuum tubes at more than 1,100 km / h. Located at the headquarters of the aerospace company in Hawthorne, California, the site would have been converted into a parking lot for employees.

Although the idea of ​​a vactrain, a high-speed train moving in vacuum tubes, dates from the beginning of the 20th century, it was Elon Musk who revived the idea in 2013 by publishing a white paper. The Boring Company, a company founded by the billionaire to dig tunnels under major cities and transport passengers in electric shuttles, was in charge of the Hyperloop project.

In 2018, the boss of Tesla and now Twitter, imagined that a Hyperloop line between the center of Los Angeles and the center of San Francisco would connect the two cities in less than 30 minutes. Last April, The Boring Company announced that it would begin testing Hyperloop ” large scale » during the year.

Alas, this vision has not yet materialized despite several projects carried out by other companies such as Virgin Hyperloop (abandoned in 2022), Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and TransPod.

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CNET.com article adapted by CNETFrance

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