Humanity continues to look to the skies for the future – but the reality of rapid travel might be right under our feet.
There was likely never a time where humans gazed up at the stars and didn’t wonder what lay beyond. Since we first began to walk upright, the cosmos had always held a deep fascination for us. What’s out there? Are we the only ones? Are the others like us?
Despite dropping off of the public’s radar for many decades following the Space Race, interstellar travel is once again a fashionable topic of discourse – and for all of the right reasons. The writing is on the wall.
Should humanity continue to grow and expand at the rate that we have been, there is frighteningly little time to prepare for the colonization of other planets. And yet, despite this, we still have a titanic amount of problems to contend with on dear old earth. The primary of which, is transportation.
As city populations swell and more rural folks move to urban areas for employment, the congestion on the roads spited by the vast majority of the living populace will continue to worsen. And, sorry, we don’t buy the “traffic can be relaxing” spiel – it’s bullshit and you know it.
If we imagine that the main interstates leading to our major cities function like main arteries, then it will be only a short matter of time before the congestion within these concrete arteries worsen and negative symptoms begin to manifest. Although some propose the expansion of roadways, it doesn’t take long to realize how infeasible such a proposition is. To do so would require the relocation of countless homes and business, as well as lowering property value.
The opposite – to introduce some sort of flying vehicles that could do away with personal terrestrial transport – is equally problematic. A frighteningly high number of people can barely manage to operate a car safely, let alone a vehicle that operate son the Z axis as well. No, the future of transportation may be completely boring – tunnels.
We are literally sitting upon thousands of miles of untouched subterranean space that is ripe for some good ol-fashion tunnel implementation. Now, while the addition of tunnels will help us utilize space much more efficiently, it will be what we put within them that will help usher in the next era of transport.
Enter HyperLoop Technology. The proposed piece of tech arose out of an open-source design of a vactrain put forth from a joint team from SpaceX and Tesla. The theoretical technology would see these train carts rocket down at ludicrous speeds friction free. With no air friction to stand in the way, the cars would theoretically be capable of propelling passengers at an average speed of 600 mph – with a top speed of 760 MPH. It doesn’t take much to see how massive of a step forward this could be.
Of course, being a theoretical technology with next to no real-world examples of a working model, HyperLoop technology remains uncharted territory. Don’t expect it to stay that way, however. With issuing an open-source concept, Elon Musk and SpaceX have made it clear that they want the best competitor to win – and there have already been numerous companies founded purely in pursuit of the concept. With that said, does anyone have any favorites to bet on? Asking for a friend.