Here’s the full video of the D11 interview of Tesla CEO Elon Musk by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, where he made some news about Tesla crosscountry superchargers and forecast the feasibility of reusable rockets.
Elon Musk touched on another pet project: Hyperloop. The rapid transit system would connect downtown Los Angeles with San Francisco, 380 miles away. Musk told the crowd that more details for the project would be available on June 20th. Hyperloop would be “a cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table.” Musk joked, “even if I’m wrong about the economic assumptions, it would be a really fun ride.” Musk claimed that his imagined train system would go “3 or 4 times faster than the [California] bullet train” or twice the speed of an aircraft, shuttling people from LA to San Francisco in under 30 minutes. It’s possible that the Hyperloop could even be self-powering. “If you put solar panels on it, you generate more power than you would consume in the system. There’s a way to store the power so it would run 24/7 without using batteries,” he said.
Perhaps Elon has provided enough of a basic outline of what he is proposing – a rail gun with air hockey table. Magnetic acceleration with lift from air hockey like air jets below the train as it passes over.
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