- Title: Musk says received "verbal" approval for NY-DC hyperloop, gives no detail
- Date: 20th July 2017
- Summary: HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA, USA (FILE- APRIL 30, 2015) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** MUSK, WALKING ONTO STAGE AT UNVEILING PRESENTATION OF TESLA ENERGY
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- Keywords: Elon Musk Hyperloop pod high-speed transport
- Location: HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA + WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES / INTERNET
- City: HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA + WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES / INTERNET
- Country: USA
- Topics: Science
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- Story Text: Entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday (July 20) said that he had received "verbal government approval" to build an underground transport hyperloop between New York and Washington, D.C., although he did not say who gave the approval or how any such project would proceed.
Musk, the outspoken chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Inc and rocket company SpaceX, advocates developing magnetically levitated hyperloop trains that would travel in airless tunnels, which he says would be more efficient and faster than current high-speed trains.
He recently started a project, the Boring Co, to build transport tunnels.
The Hyperloop, which Musk previously described as a cross between a Concorde, rail gun and air-hockey table, will be solar powered and move passengers and even automobiles at speeds of up to 800 miles per hour (1,287 km/h), according to the 57-page design plan. The system's aluminum capsules would run above ground and along low pressure steel tubes.
In several tweets on Thursday he said, "Just received verbal government approval for the Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins," that the trains would go city center to city center, and that he is optimistic about getting a formal approval.
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