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Hyperloop Could Work, Simulation Suggests

Elon Musk's out-there idea might not be so crazy after all.

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    A computer analysis suggests Elon Musk's idea of a tube to send passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a half-hour might be feasible.

    It's a pipe dream -- but it could become a pipe reality.

    A simulation program suggests that the Hyperloop -- Tesla CEO founder Elon Musk's idea to catapult passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a half-hour -- may be grounded in science reality, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

    Ansys, which tests designs of "planes, trains, automobiles and all manner of other things," fed Musk's proposals into a computer and came away "impressed."

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    Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk will soon unveil a new form of transportation which could shoot passengers down a long tube full of fast-moving air at around 800 mph. Chuck Henry reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on July 16, 2013. (Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013)

    The Hyperloop is an elevated tube that would shuttle pods between destinations at 800 miles an hour. The air inside the tube would create a reduced-friction environment, allowing the pulses from electric motors to send the pods along with greater efficiency.

    And Ansys declared the idea feasible -- though in need of tweaks, such as "soup-can shaped" pod rather than tapered ones like Musk proposed.

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