Skip to main content

Hyperloop Explained: How Elon Musk's Futuristic Transit System Works (Infographic)

Infographic: How Elon Musk's Hyperloop transit system works.
Hyperloop speeds capsules containing up to 28 passengers each through low-pressure tubes at just under the speed of sound. (Image credit: by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's vision for a futuristic Hyperloop transportation system concept involves sleek passenger capsules flying within a tube on a cushion of air. Solar panels along the entire length of the tube provide more power than needed to run the system.  Hyperloop Unveiled: Billionaire Elon Musk Reveals Wild Idea for Superfast Travel

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: community@space.com.

Karl's association with Space.com goes back to 2000, when he was hired to produce interactive Flash graphics. From 2010 to 2016, Karl worked as an infographics specialist across all editorial properties of Purch (formerly known as TechMediaNetwork).  Before joining Space.com, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University and now works as a freelance graphic designer in New York City.