Hyperloop concept may become reality!
Monday, April 23, 2018, 4:14 PM – Fast-forward to the next decade and Albertans may be travelling from Calgary to Edmonton in under 30 minutes at a speed of 1,200 km/h.
Toronto-based company TransPod has plans to construct a six kilometre-long hyperloop test line in Calgary, according to the Calgary Herald.
What exactly is Hyperloop?
Envisioned by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, the transportation system will move cargo and passengers through tubes, either under or above ground, at rocket speed. It involves levitating pods that use electricity and magnets to move through a low-friction environment.
Designers say despite the powerful acceleration, the ride will be smooth.
“Travelling both ways, you lose six hours in a day and with this, you could do the same trips in an hour,” Sebastien Gendron, CEO of TransPod told the Calgary Herald.
Gendron told the news agency $6 billion of private sector-government investment would be required for the project to go ahead.
The proposed system would propel passengers at an average speed of 970 km/h to a maximum of 1,200 km/h, according to the Calgary Herald.
“It’s pretty much an aircraft without wings … its cabin is pressurized and most of the technology is coming from the aerospace industry,” Gendron told the news agency.
“It’s made-in-Canada technology, it’s on track and we’ll make it happen.”
In a notice of motion last fall, Calgary city councillor Gian-Carlo Carra asked council to support his pitch to make the city the destination for a Hyperloop research centre and test track.
“It’s pretty world-leading technology — we need to diversify our economy and we have the strengths pertaining to the skill set of our workforce,” Carra told the Calgary Herald.
“We’re initiating conversations with the province in getting the appropriate land,” he added.
According to the news agency, Mac Logan, city transportation general manager told council in September 2017 that TransPod was seeking federal funding for the project, and that the city was, “not in a position to support them.”
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