Remember the Supersonic Ping Pong Ball on Mythbusters?
Seems to me that the Hyperloop design has the potential to get people from LA to San Fran in less than 3 minutes if there was a rupture in the tube.
Does anyone have any insight on safety precautions Hyperloop will have to keep this from happening?
There's a video of a talk Musk gave at TED where he says that the concrete tunnels he wants to build under LA are already rated to handle something like 6 atmospheres (correct me if I'm remembering that wrong). However if there was a rupture and you slammed in to atmosphere rushing in it would be very violent. Or so I would imagine. Sort of like the Enterprise coming in hot pointed at earth and slamming in to the atmosphere.