In the 1800s, atmospheric railways generated public excitement and provided an alternative vision of transport. Partial vacuums were integrated into the technology. But these projects were met with many obstacles related to engineering, economics, politics, management practices, and consumer behavior.
In his paper “Hyperloop, The Steampunk 19th Century Version,” author Stephen A. Cohn examines the past in order to provide guidance for the modern hyperloop industry. He emphasizes the importance of following a step-by-step development process with open progress updates. Furthermore, Cohn calls for a culture that corrects biases and realistically assesses matters pertaining to cost, schedule, and performance. “Experienced system engineers and program managers know that new technology development requires iterative testing and adjustment,” writes Cohn.
A PDF of his paper is now freely available through the Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP) website. To support the ongoing work of HARP, please donate: https://www.hyperlooppartnership.org/donate
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