hyperloop

  • SpaceX is awarded its first national security contract

    SpaceX is awarded its first national security contract

    The U.S. Air Force has awarded SpaceX an $82.7 million contract to launch their GPS-3 satellite into orbit. This is the first National Security Space (NSS) contract for SpaceX, who won essentially by default since ULA, the only other viable competitor, declined to bid in the competition. “This GPS III Launch Services contract award achieves a balance between mission success, meeting… Read More

  • SpaceX successfully launches SES-9 into GEO but crash lands rocket on drone ship

    SpaceX successfully launches SES-9 into GEO but crash lands rocket on drone ship

    Today at 6:35pm EST, SpaceX successfully launched the SES-9 communications satellite into Geostationary orbit (GEO). Launching the SES-9 payload was the primary goal of today’s mission, but many had their eyes back on the ground for what would have been the first successful landing of a rocket on a drone ship in the ocean. Unfortunately, however, the rocket landing was… Read More

  • Hyperloop Technologies Is Raising $80M, Names Ex-Cisco Pres Rob Lloyd CEO, Emily White As Advisor

    Hyperloop Technologies Is Raising $80M, Names Ex-Cisco Pres Rob Lloyd CEO, Emily White As Advisor

    Some big moves ahead for Hyperloop Technologies, the LA-based futuristic tubular transportation startup with high ambitions to rethink high-speed transportation services to “work anywhere and live anywhere and be anywhere”. The company has appointed a new CEO — Rob Lloyd, who had been president at Cisco — and also added another familiar name to its list of advisors. Read More

  • SpaceX Is Hosting A Hyperloop Pod Competition And Will Build A Test Track

    SpaceX Is Hosting A Hyperloop Pod Competition And Will Build A Test Track

    SpaceX isn’t building a Hyperloop, the sci-fi transportation system that would use low-pressure, miles long tube track to essentially shoot transit pods between destinations at super-fast speeds. But it is encouraging others to build it, and today announced a design competition wherein others can submit their own ideas for the passenger-carrying pods themselves. The Pod competition is… Read More

  • Elon Musk Will Build A Hyperloop Track For Ultra-High Speed Transport Tests

    Elon Musk Will Build A Hyperloop Track For Ultra-High Speed Transport Tests

    Oh, you thought Elon Musk had moved on past the whole Hyperloop thing? That ultra high-speed transportation system he first started talking about back in 2013? That’s understandable — it’s been a while since he’s said much about it. He’s still thinking about it, though. In fact, he’s just committed to building a test track for the concept. Read More

  • Meet The Original Hyperloop… For Rocks

    Meet The Original Hyperloop… For Rocks

    The Hyperloop isn’t a new idea. In fact, the concept was so compelling that an engineer named Stephen Fairfax built one to carry phosphate ore back and forth through a mine. Because the entire system needed to survive in a dank, dirty environment and have as few moving parts as possible, a Hyperloop-like maglev system made perfect sense. He spent four years – from 1996 to 2000… Read More

  • Small Firm Creates A 3D-Printed Scale Model Of The Hyperloop

    This video shows you probably the closest we’ll ever get to seeing a physical representation of the Hyperloop. It is a 3D scale model made by a nascent company called WhiteClouds and it showcases the teams 3D modeling prowess and, more wistfully, shows what the Hyperloop could be. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Drunken Avatars

    Gillmor Gang: Drunken Avatars

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — turned what seemed like a slow news week into a tour of emergent hardware and big tech ideas. A Down-Under visitor to Robert Scoble’s studio showed us how he used a 3D printer to prototype a Steadicam-like handheld image stabilizer. Closer to home, we handicapped Elon Musk’s… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Sphero 2.0 And Speculation

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Sphero 2.0 And Speculation

    Sometimes it’s summer, and instead of real news like the introduction of a new and improved Sphero robotic ball, we hear a lot of news prediction. Will Elon Musk’s high-speed train idea, Hyperloop, ever actually get built? How sure are we that the iPhone will be revealed at an event on September 10? And is Amazon really building a gaming/media console or is that just a… Read More