Sci-Tech: Elon Musk announces plan to build a Hyperloop test track

I’ve posted several times about Elon Musk’s Hyperloop fast mass transit concept. Today he posted a couple of brief statements about plans to build a test track:

Elon Musk on Twitter:

Will be building a Hyperloop test track for companies and student teams to test out their pods. Most likely in Texas.

Elon Musk on Twitter:

Also thinking of having an annual student Hyperloop pod racer competition, like Formula SAE

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Update: Here is a transcript (courtesy Trent Waddington) of Elon’s remarks in Texas in which he briefly mentions the Hyperloop test track before switching to comments about Tesla.

Update 2: An article with more details about the test track : With a Hyperloop Test Track, Elon Musk Takes on the Critical Heavy Lifting -WIRED

If Musk does in fact build a test track, in Texas or elsewhere, it would be a huge help to the company that’s made more progress than anyone toward making the Hyperloop happen. The track isn’t the part of this endeavor that’s hard to engineer. “It’s a couple of tubes and a vacuum pump,” says Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of JumpStartFund, an El Segunda, California-based startup that is taking Musk up on his challenge to develop and build the Hyperloop. But, like most chunks of infrastructure, even in prototype sizes, it’s expensive.