Elon Musk says NY-DC Hyperloop has government approval

Friday, 21 Jul, 2017

The companies feature two separate transportation ideas along the same vein: The Boring Company is geared toward providing an underground highway option for drivers in densely populated areas while Hyperloop One is focused on extremely fast, train-like transportation between cities.

He's told the global space station research conference that developing the booster rocket, which is powered by 27 engines, has proven to be "way harder than the team initially thought".

The 229.6-foot tall rocket [pictured above] will have 27 engines. SpaceX plans to start ferrying NASA astronauts to the orbiting outpost, using Falcon 9 rockets and enhanced Dragon capsules, by the middle of next year.

"First set of tunnels are to alleviate greater LA urban congestion", Musk tweeted today.

Musk also teased a part of his updated plans for Mars, which he first unveiled past year, involving launching spaceships to travel en masse to the Red Planet.

"There was a time when I thought that the Dragon approach to landing on Mars. would be the right way to land on Mars", Musk said at the ISS R&D Conference in Washington, DC on Wednesday, July 19.

"There's a lot of risk associated with Falcon Heavy, real good chance that that vehicle does not make it to orbit", he said.

The billionaire entrepreneur didn't say who gave him the approval. But the biggest obstacle that's been identified is getting the land.

Musk's latest tunnel-digging exploits outside SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne could eventually play a role in the company's plans for the Red Planet. While Musk has left it up to other companies to create hyperloop, he has grown frustrated by transportation infrastructure in the U.S. His answer is the Boring Company, a tunneling company designed to build a vast network of high-speed transit tunnels underneath our current infrastructure.

On its website, the Boring Company says its goal is to lower costs by a factor of 10 or more.

In response to a query from Inc., de Blasio's deputy press secretary Ben Sarle said via email, "Nobody in City Hall, or any of our city agencies, has heard from Mr. Musk or any representatives of his company".

Even after Musk's second tweet acknowledging that he still needs formal approval, there were some who questioned how quickly he could receive that.