Imagine being able to traverse the length of an entire continent in an hour. Meeting friends and family on the opposite end of your country in minutes. Going at speeds as high as 760 miles per hour - without ever leaving the ground. And then imagine doing all of that at less than half the price of the cheapest airline ticket.
That is the future of transport. That is Hyperloop.
The human race has long-since been slowed down by rudimentary obstacles such as friction and air-resistance, obstacles that have affected everything from the first wheel to the finest of our automobiles. Whether you're driving a Ferrari or piloting a concord, your vehicle of choice is bound to be slowed down due to natural resistance - you still need to pay for fuel, and regardless of how empty the road or how powerful your engine is, you still can't go faster than a certain threshold. Hyperloop wants to change that. Not only should long-distance travel be significantly less time-consuming, it should also be simultaneously affordable, sustainable and safe. By significantly reducing air-resistance in a partial vacuum, the Hyperloop concept aims to shorten long-distance routes between cities, states, and even countries, catering to almost 900 riders an hour from the get-go.
However, at speeds as high as almost 800 miles per hour, in a pneumatic tube, over distances across entire continents, how does one guarantee the safety of the riders?
That's where Berkeley Hyperloop comes in. While speed, scalability, and user-experience are all important, safety is paramount with an idea as unprecedented as this. Ensuring that distances that run in the thousands of miles are not interrupted by fatal braking failures, depressurising, or levitation faults is an incredibly important part of building the Hyperloop, and that is what bLoop's mission is. We want to build something that is not only fast, sustainable and cheap, but something that you also feel safe stepping into. We want to build a pod that will set the standard for this fifth mode of transportation - a standard that will be recalled for generations down the line. And finally, we want you to help us as we step into this journey.
Ironically, contrary to the typical Hyperloop experience, our pod's design and construction is a long process. If we are to redefine transport, we need the materials and the cutting-edge technology to do so. Berkeley Hyperloop has the backing of respected firms such as Samsung, Autodesk, and Northrop Grumman - among several others - but we can't pull this off without you. Head on over to https://crowdfund.berkeley.edu/project/2795 today, and be a part of something that will come to define the next era of human revolution. Remember, every little donation helps, so go ahead, do this for the future, for Elon Musk, for Berkeley! (and some really cool donation perks!).