rLoop – The Hyperloop ICO

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rLoop – The Hyperloop on the Blockchain

Get ready for an ICO which will transform the future of transport. The rLoop ICO Token Generation Event will be used to raise funding to create the Hyperloop, a high speed train network. The token symbol will be RLP and it is an ERC-20 token.

rLoop is in the race to bring the future of transport with the Hyperloop, a train that runs on lithium powered batteries, mainly powered by solar energy and will transport people at speeds of up to 780mph.

rLoop consists of over 1,300 people from more than 59 countries who have rallied behind the rLoop concept and collaborated on the development of the Hyperloop technology. This community is diverse, made up of the dreamers, innovators and makers who believe that together we can create a better world for all through innovations in technology.

For over three years, rLoop has created the world’s top Hyperloop technology as a decentralised team. Now they are bringing the Hyperloop onto the Blockchain.

“rLoop will be more efficient than air or rail transport with zero emissions”

rLoop – How it Works

rLoop – Zero Emission Public Transport on the Block Chain

I emailed Brent Lessard from rLoop to ask a few questions about the project. Many thanks to Brent for his response.

“It’s important to note that, while our flagship project is the Hyperloop, that is the first output of the innovation platform which we are offering tokens for! There are other projects currently in development – rFlight, a personal flight device and rBridge, a means to bridge the virtual design/engineering community with the physical makers/manufacturers community to complete the process from concept through to prototype!

In terms of the Hyperloop, it is a large infrastructure undertaking and potentially the first physical mega-project that will be funded from the crypto community. Its benefits are apparent in context of the environment – a US Department of Transportation feasibility analysis suggested the Hyperloop would be six times more energy efficient per passenger mile than air travel on short routes, and two to three times more efficient than rail.

There are zero emissions generated during operation as it is an entirely electric system, and the intent is to predominantly use solar as the power source. A study from Helmut Schmidt University, which looked at creating a 300 km freight-focused Hyperloop route, found that – even though it could not run solely on solar power, it would still eliminate up to 140,000 tons of emitted carbon dioxide per year, as well as up to 0.2% of Germany’s entire production of air pollutants while producing up to €900m of value annually in reduced pollution, accidents, and congestion. Other benefits include low noise pollution, long service life/low maintenance, low/no disturbance to fertile land and wildlife thanks to being elevated on pylons or underground in tunnels.”

rLoop Speed

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Cargo trucks in Germany average speeds of 69 kmh to 78 kmh on the highways.

The Alpha Paper assumes the cargo capsule accelerates at a uniform 0.5g toward maximum speed of 1,200 kmh (Musk 2013). Thus, average speed across all course sections of Hyperloop NG approximates 1,054 kmh.

Hyperloop infrastructure would boost average cargo transportation speed 1,350%. Accelerated delivery times redefine productivity throughout the supply chains of industries that ship via the faster infrastructure.

Hyperloop NG would replace 214,000 to 380,000 trucks yearly, enlarge roadway capacity by 150 to 300 cars per hour, and increase average travel speeds along its route. In doing so, it would reduce transportation costs by reducing fuel consumption.

Mohamed (2012) estimates fuel savings of €62 yearly per vehicle in Germany. The reduction in truck traffic could produce savings reaching €163 million yearly. Those savings raise Hyperloop NG’s shared value for Germany’s industrial and household sectors.

By supplanting 214,000 to 380,000 trucks, Hyperloop NG potentially reduces the number of yearly accidents by 922 to 1,660 (5% to 9%). Given death rates in accidents involving trucks, Hyperloop NG could prevent 80 to 144 traffic deaths every year.

However, you should take this report with a pinch of salt. So far, I have only seen designs to fit passengers not cargo. The Virgin Hyperloop one seems to be the most advanced project.

The Competition

Here is Virgin’s Hyperloop One, which will take 5,000 passengers per hour from Duabi to Abu Dhabi in just 2 minutes.

Here is the Hyperloop One which will take passengers from LA to San Fransisco in only 50 minutes.

A bullet train project that zips passengers from Dallas to Fort Worth is closer to reality. The Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Transportation Council unveiled plans last week to explore cutting-edge hyperloop technology.

The Chicago Express Hyperloop will transport passengers in magnetic levitation (skate) electric cars, which will travel in tunnels at speeds of up to 150 mph (240 km/h), according to the Boring company.

The train will connect O’Hare Airport to downtown Chicago and will travel 20 miles (32.2 km) in 12 minutes, “three to four times faster than current transportation systems,” according to the press release of the Boring Company. The journey by taxi currently takes an average of one hour or more in case of large traffic jams. The staggering cost of this ambitious project, estimated at about $ 1 billion, is expected to be borne largely by The Boring Company and is expected to be completed by 2021.

This is the Delft Hyperloop which wants to connect Amsterdam to Brussels.

Hyperloop TT just signed a deal to build a Hyperloop in China and Ukraine.

rFlight

There have been a lot of designs around trying to get man to fly with the Wright brothers finally cracking flight on December 17th 1903. The first plane was very difficult to control and must have been a nerve racking affair. In short, these guys must have had balls of steel.

The Wright brothers made two flights each from level ground into a freezing headwind gusting at 27 mph (43 km/h). The first flight, by Orville at 10:35 am, of 120 feet (37 m) in 12 seconds, at a speed of only 6.8 miles per hour (10.9 km/h). The next two flights covered approximately 175 and 200 feet (53 and 61 m), by Wilbur and Orville respectively. Their altitude was about 10 feet (3.0 m) above the ground.

The following is Orville Wright’s account of the final flight of the day:

Wilbur started the fourth and last flight at just about 12 o’clock. The first few hundred feet were up and down, as before, but by the time three hundred ft had been covered, the machine was under much better control. The course for the next four or five hundred feet had but little undulation. However, when out about eight hundred feet the machine began pitching again, and, in one of its darts downward, struck the ground. The distance over the ground was measured to be 852 feet; the time of the flight was 59 seconds. The frame supporting the front rudder was badly broken, but the main part of the machine was not injured at all. We estimated that the machine could be put in condition for flight again in about a day or two.

Five people witnessed the flights: Adam Etheridge, John T. Daniels, who snapped the famous “first flight” photo using Orville’s pre-positioned camera and Will Dough, all of the US government coastal lifesaving crew; area businessman W.C. Brinkley; and Johnny Moore, a teenaged boy who lived in the area. After the men hauled the Flyer back from its fourth flight, a powerful gust of wind flipped it over several times, despite the crew’s attempt to hold it down. Severely damaged, the airplane never flew again.

Since then, there were many prototypes of flying machines which didn’t quite work…

rFlight are dreaming big and want to enable man to fly like a bird.

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rFlight is the concept of a one manned flight to travel around. They are daring to dream and make it a reality like the Wright brothers did.

rFlight is a project within rLoop: it is a team of globally distributed engineers working to realise that dream as part of the GoFly competition sponsored by Boeing.

Welcome to…. the rWing!

rFlight

The SpaceX Hyperloop Competition

rLoop will be attending the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition 3 as special guests and will be helping local Hyperloop teams with their engineering expertise.

Unlike previous Hyperloop competitions, the competition is divided into two categories this year: the majority of the teams will be racing their Hyperloop pods and will be scored on a single category: maximum speed – it’s pod racing time; The second category will be the levitation category comprised of only two universities, UCSB Hyperloop and Spartan Hyperloop of San Jose State University.

The competition is scheduled for today, 22nd July, 2018.

rLoop Roadmap

The project should be up and running by March 2019 when commercial use cases & pod designs will be tested and component manufacturing begins. An unmanned full cycle flight of rFlight should be up and running as well. They hope to have commercialised rLoop and rFlight by 2020, which is a lofty goal. There is still a long way to go to realise the dreams of these projects.

Historically, large transport infrastructure investments like this have been heavily subsidised by government, so if you invest, do it for the right reasons, not to make money, but to change the future of how we get around with less damage to the environment.

rLoop are looking to fund 92.3m USD.

TOKEN SALE: 8 JUN – 8 SEP 208
Ticker: RLP
Token type: ERC20
ICO Token Price: 1 RLP = 0.37 USD (0.00080000 ETH)
Fundraising Goal: 92,300,000 USD (200,000 ETH)
Total Tokens: 1,000,000,000
Available for Token Sale: 25%

You can sign up for the RLP token whitelist here.