2013

Issue 5. Pioneering billionaire Elon Musk  — founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors — has a new idea: rapid transport system called the Hyperloop. He makes his original drawings and present his concept to the world... but only some of the world thinks it's a workable idea. At Delivered., however, we're excited by it and immediately see its potential. And so are various scientists reviewing Musk's plan who confirm that it is a feasible concept. “All that is needed now is someone willing to develop a prototype,” was our impression. More about that below...

2014

Issue 1. Delivered. gets an interview with the man himself, Elon Musk — who tells us where he gets his ideas (“Mostly in the shower,” he reveals) and how he came up with the Hyperloop concept. “They were building this train in California, and it seemed very expensive, not that fast, and not as good as what’s been done in China or Japan. And I was, like, wow, that’s depressing. It bothers me when the future seems to be getting worse.”

“They were building this train in California, and it seemed very expensive, not that fast, and not as good as what’s been done in China or Japan. And I was, like, wow, that’s depressing. It bothers me when the future seems to be getting worse.”

Issue 4. Fired up by the promise of the Hyperloop, we go back in time to highlight major milestones in tube train technology. These include the British civil engineer who, in 1812, has the idea to develop a rapid transportation system running on compressed air through a tube (sounds familiar?) — and the launch of the London Underground.

2016

Issue 3. In Fast Track for Super Speed, we note that two companies are now racing to make Hyperloop a reality. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is building its own five-mile test track at Quay Valley, California; while the other, Hyperloop One, has invited teams of engineering students to design Hyperloop capsules. The first round was won by a group of graduates from MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But there's no room for complacency because it has real competition, courtesy of a 30-strong team from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands...

Issue 5. Delivered. reveals that the Delft team's pod design has now won a coveted place in  the Hyperloop finals. This gave DHL, its transportation partner a challenge of its own — how to transport the Delft's pod safely to the Space X test track in California. All the teams will be testing their human-scale pods during a competition weekend at the track, scheduled for January 27-29, 2017.

 

2017

Issue 1. Tim Houter, Team Captain for the TU Delft project, will share the story of the Delft Hyperloop team with us (coming soon!).

Meanwhile we have an exclusive preview, just before the team tests its machine on the SpaceX track.

Exciting times for Hyperloop – and Delivered. covered it all right from the start. Meanwhile, for Elon Musk, it looks like all that time in the shower is starting to pay off...

Published: January 2017

Images: DHL, Delft Hyperloop