Armco Steel dreamed up Hyperloop in 1966December 4, 2018
Armco Steel now AK Steel dreamed up Hyperloop already in 1966.
A company’s poster from the time depicts a tubular transportation system with vacuum in it. Its similarity is striking to some of the renders and graphics we know from the companies which currently work on the Hyperloop.
The poster says:
It may be a 300 mph vacuum tube train. Perhaps a high-speed, fully-automated subway or elevated train (…) Armco will be ready to supply special steels and steel products needed for future mass transportation.
It is yet another proof that the idea of a vacuum train is way older than that of the Hyperloop.
Steel is the most expensive part of the whole system, therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise that steel manufacturers see in Hyperloop a great chance to expand their business.