Capstone #5 – Answering my Main Inquiry Question

For Capstone, I had to write an essay about my Main Inquiry Question, and about how my Sub Questions support it. My essay is about the Hyperloop and how it will change the world’s transportation, because the Hyperloop will travel almost the speed of sound.  It was really challenging because we had to write a lot, and explain in detail about our sub-questions. I thought the most hard part about answering my main inquiry question was fitting and organizing all the information that I researched into a document. This is my essay including my main inquiry question, and I hope you enjoy it:

 

How will the Hyperloop change the world of transportation and affect people’s lives?

The Hyperloop is transportation, and transportation saves time.

The Hyperloop is a pod-like vehicle that travels up to 700 mph, almost as fast as the speed of sound. According to my research, the Hyperloop will change the world of transportation and improve people’s lives because the Hyperloop will allow them to travel faster and for less money.

Background Information About the Hyperloop

Elon Musk is a famous engineer that invented the Hyperloop, and trusts that it will become a reality. There are three main companies working to make the Hyperloop become a reality; Hyperloop One (Hyperloop Technologies), Hyperloop transportation Technologies (HTT), and TransPod. Since the Hyperloop is based in California right now, the companies are working to build a route from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Building this route will cost about $6 billion to $7.5 billion, way cheaper than expected. This way of transportation will help thousands and millions of people in the world, when the Hyperloop becomes continental.

How is it Being Built?

How are the companies going to create the Hyperloop and its tubes? The companies are going to use a new material called c2i, that is 5x lighter than aluminum, and 10x stronger than steel. This new material was made in Slovakia recently, and is extremely strong and also extremely efficient to use. Lots of teams from different places are working hard together to construct the tubes for the test run. “The Hyperloop will hopefully be ready by 2020”, says Philippe Kirschen, the Optimization Engineer at Hyperloop One, who I interviewed.

Traveling Fast

“The Hyperloop will travel up to speeds of 700 mph”, says famous engineer, Elon Musk. It will be eco-friendly and might travel underwater, even. The vehicle will be propelled through a reduced-pressure tube, which will hopefully make the Hyperloop levitate. The tubes will create no friction, so it will glide gently with no turbulence throughout the tubes at unbelievable speeds, almost at the speed of sound, which is 767.269 mph. That is extremely fast compared to cars and other vehicles.

Saving Money And Time When Travelling

The Hyperloop will affect lot of people’s lives by helping them get to places by almost the speed of sound. It will also affect people’s lives by shipping heavy cargo, instead of by boat, airplanes, trains, and other transportation vehicles, because the Hyperloop will be way more efficient and faster. It will be extremely useful if you are late, say, to an important meeting, and all you need to do is hop onto a Hyperloop, and arrive at your destination in minutes. This will be very effective towards people’s lives because a ticket for a trip on the Hyperloop will only cost around $20, so lots of people can afford to travel on it.

Are There any Disadvantages of the Hyperloop?

Sealed tubes can be hard to get out of. If a pod does fail and gets stuck for some reason, it may be hard to escape. This is an issue that a lot of people have been thinking about, and I think the companies building the Hyperloop should make an emergency exit in the tubes and in the Hyperloop.

Con: Sealed tubes can be hard to get out of. If a pod does fail and gets stuck for some reason, it may be hard to escape. This is an issue that a lot of people have been thinking about, and I think the companies building the Hyperloop should make an emergency exit in the tubes and in the Hyperloop.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the Hyperloop will change the world of transportation in various reasons. It will save lots of time because of the speed, be extremely cheap, and saves a lot of time. I think that the Hyperloop will actually become a reality and become a worldwide transportation vehicle, based on the research I did. It will affect the world and people’s lives with a big impact.

 

One thought on “Capstone #5 – Answering my Main Inquiry Question”

  1. I agree with your assessment, Joning. I think high speed travel will become a reality and impact our lives in a positive way. I will definitely keep up with any news about the Hyperloop! Perhaps once a year, maybe around June (anniversary of Capstone time) you could send a short email note to Philippe letting him know you’re keeping up with the research. Who knows, maybe you’ll go to MIT for college one day! That would make you and Philippe fellow alumni! 🙂

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