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慕斯可之夢 將落實APEX工業區

Sources: WJ Mobile 2015-12-14

「慕斯可之夢」(Elon Musk’s Dream)為人類大眾快速運輸開啟了另一種概念,它是運用太陽能發電,建造電磁驅動的低壓真空導管,連結兩個城市,以火箭般的速度將乘客送到目的地,這個未來世界的概念,將在北拉斯維加斯市進行實驗。

名叫Hyperloop的研發機構,本周到北拉斯維加斯市APEX工業區,購買區內50英畝土地,目的就是研發建造Hyperloop的測試軌道,製造「真空膠囊艙」,進行各項研究測試。

有「現代愛迪生」之譽的慕斯可,於2013年公開的未來超快速大眾運輸之說以後,引起科技業極大興趣。他的理論有所根據,之後又找到解決真空導管內氣壓失衡問題的方法,Hyperloop組織原本是私人太空旅行的研發集團,有慕斯可巨大財力支持,選定北拉斯維加斯APEX工業園區,因為該區總共土地面積1萬8000英畝,又有完備的硬體設施,給予該項研發未來足夠的發展空間。

慕斯可是高科技電動汽車泰斯拉(Tesla)的產品建造師,也是泰斯拉汽車執行總監,他是一個不停思索創新的人,他有句名言:醒著就要用心去想,想到腦疼了才可入睡。他致力於太空旅行研究及太陽能運作。Hyperloop前來北拉斯維加斯市設測試基地,就是要落實他的夢想。這位矽谷大亨,領導開創的新科技,改進人類生活,未來他夢想的超高速大眾運輸系統如能成功,將是科技對人類生活的重大貢獻。

位於15號高速公路東面的北拉斯維加斯APEX工業園區,很可能成為未來世界科技夢想實現的起源地,除了Hyperloop進駐外,還有至少十家科技研發及生產商,正在考慮明年或後年進駐。(記者馮鳴台/拉斯維加斯報導)

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Hyperloop test track to come to North Las Vegas

Source: Las Vegas Sun 2015-12-08

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A new Elon Musk brainchild is coming to Nevada: Hyperloop.
A year after Tesla chose Northern Nevada for the site of its $5 billion gigafactory, Hyperloop Technologies Inc. will be opening up shop at Apex Industrial Park in North Las Vegas. Equipment is expected to begin shipping this month, and tests could begin as early as the first quarter of 2016. The Los Angeles-based Hyperloop Technologies is one of two startups racing to bring Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s conceptual design for high-speed, solar-powered travel in aluminium pods through an almost frictionless tube.

“As a state, we are working diligently to attract and grow innovative companies and technologies that advance industries of all kinds,” said Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

“Hyperloop Tech is a cutting-edge company focused on changing the way the world views transportation, and we could not be more excited about the role the State of Nevada is going to play in this first phase of testing,” said Steve Hill, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “It certainly is thrilling to see how Nevada is becoming a place to research, develop, test, and implement advanced technologies driven by innovation.”

The company plans to build its open-air test track on fifty of Apex’s 18,000 developable acres, which have remained relatively empty for decades. The announcement comes as rumors continue that the state is inching closer toward reaching a deal to lure the electric car startup Faraday Future to Apex.

“I want to thank Governor Sandoval and his team for their hard work to bring this tremendous opportunity to North Las Vegas,” said Mayor John Lee. “He believes, like I do, that Hyperloop Tech will not only provide an economic boost to the region, it will demonstrate that Apex is the ideal location for visionary technology businesses.”

Musk initially detailed the Hyperloop concept in a 58-page white paper that he released in August 2013, leaving it up to other companies to battle to bring the project to fruition while he continues to focus his attention on Tesla, SpaceX and SolarCity. He remains close to both Hyperloop Technologies and the similarly-named Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the two startups leading in the race to build the first Hyperloop, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Musk calls it the “fifth mode” of transportation — after aircraft, automobiles, boats and trains — and has described it as a “cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table.”

Though Musk initially imagined Hyperloop as providing high-speed travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles in only a half hour, Hyperloop Technologies plans to build a route between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, focusing first on freight and then human transportation. With Hyperloop technology, travel between the two cities would take only 20 minutes.

Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid met with executives from Hyperloop Technologies in September 2014. At the meeting, the executives detailed their plan to move people and cargo across the Southwest — and eventually, the world. They also asked Reid to introduce them to Anthony Marnell II, the Las Vegas resort developer and chairman of XpressWest, which has obtained or has federal authority to obtain rights-of-way access for a high-speed rail along a stretch of the I-15 corridor. XpressWest was selected last month as the state franchisee to build a high-speed rail system linking Las Vegas with Southern California.

Hyperloop Technologies recently formed a relationship with China Railway International USA, a consortium led by the Chinese government railway company, which has committed $100 million to the XpressWest project.

Hyperloop Technologies was founded by venture capitalist and angel investor Shervin Pishevar of Sherpa Ventures and engineer Brogan BamBrogan, formerly of SpaceX. Former Cisco president Rob Lloyd was announced the company’s CEO in June. Last month, the company announced plans to build three Hyperloop projects over the next five years. Hyperloop Technologies plans to finish its first test track by late 2016 or early 2017 to have its system ready for commercial use by 2020.

Hyperloop Technologies’s biggest competitor, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, plans to build its first working Hyperloop in Quay Valley, north of Bakersfield in California’s Central Valley, for about $100 million to $150 million.

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