Elon Musk’s Hyperloop prototype tube is gone. What does it mean for his tunneling dream?
Elon Musk has always been a visionary.
Inventor of electric motorcycles and the first person to run a successful electric car, he has long sought to make a tunneling machine that can be used to send people and cargo to remote places in as little time as possible — a process he calls Hyperloop.
The idea of moving people faster than planes has been talked about since the 1960s. In the 1970s, Elon Musk — who helped introduce commercial use of rockets to the global economy in his business SpaceX — suggested the idea as a solution for traffic jams in Los Angeles.
Musk has dreamed about Hyperloop ever since. And finally, in a matter of months, he could be making his vision into something actual.
A New Beginning
The project that began under Musk’s leadership at SpaceX now begins to take shape, as he starts assembling tunneling machines for testing. This week marks the first time he will show his prototypes to a public audience, for the first time ever, at a “Conversation on Space Transportation” event at the DIA, which is in conjunction with the California Science Foundation and Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art.
Musk has made a name for himself with his bold, futuristic visions, particularly focusing on the future of space travel and transportation. He has created some of the most ambitious and expensive projects in human history: his reusable Dragon spacecraft that brought supplies and people to the International Space Station; his Tesla Roadster sports car; a $1.4 billion tunnel underneath the Hudson River in New York; and another tunnel underneath his hometown of Los Angeles.
As he has built his empire and gained fame, Musk has frequently bragged about “starting something” and then promptly disappeared to start something else, like Musk’s own self-funded company and the Boring Company, which focuses on using his tunneling machines to bore a bore in his hometown, with the purpose of building tunnels underneath.