Is Elon Musk’s Hyperloop the ET3?

I just watched Kevin Rose’s recent Foundation episode with Elon Musk and was trying to find out what the “Hyperloop” mode of transportation mentioned within might be. Musk attempts to be secretive about the nature of the “new” mode of transportation and while it remains a burden assiduously avoided, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control(or googling). Which has led me, inexorably, here:

An excerpt from the ET3 (Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies) website:


ET3 is literally “Space Travel on Earth”. ET3 is silent, low cost, safe, faster than jets, and is electric.

Car sized passenger capsules travel in 1.5m (5′) diameter tubes on frictionless maglev. Air is permanently removed from the two-way tubes that are built along a travel route. Airlocks at stations allow transfer of capsules without admitting air. Linear electric motors accelerate the capsules, which then coast through the vacuum for the remainder of the trip using no additional power. Most of the energy is regenerated as the capsules slow down. ET3 can provide 50 times more transportation per kWh than electric cars or trains.

Speed in initial ET3 systems is 600km/h (370 mph) for in state trips, and will be developed to 6,500 km/h (4,000 mph) for international travel that will allow passenger or cargo travel from New York to Beijing in 2 hours. ET3 is networked like freeways, except the capsules are automatically routed from origin to destination.

Pneumatic tube systems have been considered for public transport numerous times in the past couple centuries but haven’t been realized as of yet. Could Elon Musk be the guy who finally brings enough smart people and money together to realize this? Maybe I’m way off and the Hyperloop™ is actually Elon Musk’s codename for this awesome sandwich he’s been secretly engineering…

2 thoughts on “Is Elon Musk’s Hyperloop the ET3?

  1. Elon Musks Hyperloop is a complete Et3 rip off. Et3 if properly funded, would revolutionize the way we travel. Any country who first installs this type of transportation would easily profit from such a system and reap the rewards. Elon Musk’s hyperloop is one of the worst idea’s of copying I have ever seen. And a shame he just did not work with the Et3 team to advance their global dream of Et3. And not some cheaper ripped off version that Elon Musk is trying to sell the public.

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