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The Hyperloop Is 'Insane,' Says Head of Hyperloop Design Program

A UCLA research studio is confronting the challenges of America's favorite fanciful flying tube.
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Surely you haven't forgotten the Hyperloop: Elon Musk's pie-, er, pod-in-the-sky plan to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco with pneumatic transport tubes. Traveling at 760 mph, passengers could theoretically make the trip between Northern and Southern California in a little more than half an hour. All this, supposedly, for a fraction of the cost of building high-speed rail between the cities.

But if you find the whole idea a little out there, you're not alone. Architect and designer Craig Hodgetts, who's leading a one-year program at UCLA focused on developing the Hyperloop, recently described the concept as "insane" to the Daily Breeze—even as he insisted that physics behind it "are sound." More from the Breeze: