SpaceX disassembles prototype Hyperloop, puts up parking

SpaceX disassembles prototype Hyperloop, puts up parking

The engineers who worked in the California test tunnel fondly remember their contributions as Musk progressed.

Eric Wright was thrilled when he received the news in 2016 that his company had been chosen to help with an ambitious technology project: building a prototype for Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Tunnel. This initiative has been envisioned as a test run of a futuristic transportation system that includes soaring pods that thrust through tubes at hundreds of miles per hour. Earlier this year, Wright received a script with an update about the tunnel: It was to be demolished.

The demise of the test tunnel — a white cylinder about a mile long along Jack Northrop Street near the office of Space Exploration Technologies Corp in Hawthorne, California — is emblematic of a larger haven. While Musk still says he wants to build a hyperloop, the project has been postponed indefinitely. Musk ended up founding a tunnel-based company called Boring Co. , but it does not live up to the level of flight speed and speeds similar to jet planes. Instead, in its transportation system in Las Vegas, Teslas leads convention-goers through dedicated subterranean roads at a brisk pace.

Boring Company and SpaceX Representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

However, Wright said, the short-term pilot project remains one of the highlights of his career. Back when his company, San Luis Obispo, California-based Precision Building Services, took over the business, it was a small business with just a few accomplishments. Since then, it has acquired several notable gigs, including building a 3D printing lab for we The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention operates various launch facilities at Vandenberg Space Force Base.

“Hyperloop is quite a badge honor Wright said. She even helped the company secure several contracts other than transportation, such as an 8,000-square-foot climbing gym. Customers told him, “If you build a hyperloop, you can definitely build my project,” he said.

Prior to its demolition, the Hawthorne Hyperloop Test Tunnel served as a testing ground for potential Hyperloop technology. Beginning in 2017, it hosted student competitions to run Hyperloop discs at high speeds.

Aecom Structural Engineering has designed and built the steel tube and tunnel foundation. Precision was responsible for everything inside the tube, including the concrete sub track, concrete joints, aluminum track and interior lighting. Each of these components expands and contracts at different rates, making it difficult to meet the forty-thousandth of an inch requirement.

After learning about the tunnel’s fate a few months ago via a group message, Wright made a video call to other contractors World Health Organization I worked on the project. The call was a souvenir. “We had an emotional moment when we knew this matter was going to be wiped out,” he said. “Like a memorial service.”

Today, The Boring Co. has expanded plans for its transportation network in Las Vegas. But there was no sign of a return to the ambitious dream of superfast horns — despite the occasional baffling tweets from Musk. However, Wright hasn’t abandoned the futuristic Hyperloop that once appeared, and he credits The Boring Co. with taking things in the right direction.

Meanwhile, last week not a single trace of a hyperloop remained on Jack Northrop Street. A team of workers in hard hats drilled and made measurements. The local city councilman said parking spaces for SpaceX workers will soon line up on the street where the tunnel once ran.

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