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05-14-2016 - 09:59
Robin on Rails
Another variant of the concept. (www.flightrail.com) Up here in Mendocino County.
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05-14-2016 - 09:28
New Felton
BOB2 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > This needs a tube why? It looks kind of like the > early German and Japanese Maglev models from the > late 1980's.... I
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05-14-2016 - 07:16
mook
Looks like the MIT bunch is approaching it as a research project. Oh well. Another maglev market that's been promoted recently is a shuttle connecting the docks with UP's intermodal yard in LA. Ess
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05-14-2016 - 06:56
BOB2
More Hyperloop hyoe, concept vehicle, and a more skeptical and balanced BBC story.... http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36292467 This needs a tube why? It looks kind of like the early German a
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05-13-2016 - 10:54
mook
Turns out this is really Joel commenting on stuff that was already here http://www.altamontpress.com/discussion/read.php?1,133268,133268#msg-133268 via the conference that has video linked in his post
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05-13-2016 - 09:41
Max Wyss
I do already feel sorry for the "just from college" people having a bad spot in their resume, after that company blows up. I mean, anyone with a brain and a horizon a little bit wider than their li
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05-13-2016 - 08:37
BOB2
Hyperloop will be moving freight by 2019 according to the reports of the claims of the Hyperloop folks, as quoted on TV......but no passengers until 2021.....? So, what do we really know from thi
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05-13-2016 - 00:23
Max Wyss
I don't know, but that "technology" would have to go a looong way to make economic sense (if any sense at all). Considering the much bigger and heavier "pods" (to carry a container), and the guess
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05-12-2016 - 21:10
mook
There apparently was a little conference on future urban transportation. Points made include hyperloop for freight, a population the size of Chicago dropping on LA over the next 20-30 years, etc. Joel
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05-10-2016 - 20:49
BOB2
Margaret, please don't over quote me, now ...... that's not what I really said.....is it? We actually live in an age where we can make a lot of things work. Even if these are not very efficient o
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05-10-2016 - 14:58
mook
Thanks! But I don't think either Bob or I have said that it CAN'T work - just pointed out some of the forms of "magical" thinking used by the current promoters and their more credulous followers/media
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05-10-2016 - 14:33
Ba-Woosh!
Margaret (SP fan) Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > 1. Where will they get the electricity this silly > project will need for its electromagnets and air-compressor
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05-10-2016 - 14:21
Margaret (SP fan)

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05-09-2016 - 21:16
mook
And the closer you get the "pushing" magnet to the one on the scale the higher the scale goes. For the structures, they would need to support the sum of the structure (with the lower magnet in your ex
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05-09-2016 - 18:06
DesertDon
So try this little experiment: 1. Find a weight scale (I used an old postal scale) 2. Find 2 magnets. (I used Kadee uncoupling magnets) 3. Put one magnet on the scale. (I taped mine to scal
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05-09-2016 - 14:17
BOB2
Mook, Average is actually pretty high level math for most journalism majors. You don't really expect graduates in journalism to actually have to pass calculus, to calculate the actual time from t
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05-09-2016 - 13:28
mook
This. And as for the first question, it won't produce any sonic booms because if it actually work it'll be inside a tube under a partial vacuum. Assuming of course that no boom is created inside the t
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05-09-2016 - 10:04
BOB2
Magnetic repulsion technology has been around since the 1960's......this is just in a round pipe, from what I've seen? And, without any real details revealed in this example of "press release" "scien
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05-09-2016 - 08:46
News at Noon
How many sonic booms will it create? http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/09/hyperloop-firm-shows-off-the-magnetic-tech-that-will-help-it-move-at-760-mph.html?__source=yahoo%7Cfinance%7Cheadline%7Cheadline
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02-21-2016 - 14:16
mook
Mr. Komatsuzaki: Prior Art for Hyperloop!!
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02-08-2016 - 14:15
New Felton
Hyperloop perhaps?
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01-25-2016 - 23:28
New Felton
After watching the Skunk video I enjoyed (with a chuckle) this recap of Bay Area Transportation (including the hyperloop, hovercraft, and electric cars) https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/bun
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12-09-2015 - 20:06
mook
'tis about what I expected from people who have no vision. Not to say that the current HSR project is necessarily a good one in all respects - it has its issues, and lack of any prospect of enough fun
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11-08-2015 - 20:44
Pdxrailtransit
mook Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Recent XKCD comic: http://xkcd.com/1599/ AKA, the sewer system.
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11-08-2015 - 20:07
mook
Recent XKCD comic: http://xkcd.com/1599/
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11-06-2015 - 17:17
mook
If you dig deeper (sorry) into the tunnel story, you find that it's another one of those wicked huge projects (sound like some others of note?) that will be very beneficial for travelers (direct conne
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10-30-2015 - 08:58
mook
The way HSR is planned now, it will provide some basic transportation (good), connections with potential regional service (good), and need 220mph operation over nearly the whole line (not good - requi
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10-26-2015 - 20:57
mook
Leave the I-5 route to Hyperloop - it can handle the flyover traffic and can't turn corners anyway, but the concept so far wouldn't provide a useful transportation service for the in-between places of
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10-26-2015 - 18:13
mook
Yes. That's why Big Projects like CAHSR can't be done any more. They're too big for people's imaginations to deal with, and they don't provide instant results. Now if NASA had some kind of super la
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