The Boring Company
The Boring Company is an infrastructure and tunnel construction company founded by Elon Musk in late 2016 after he mentioned the idea of making tunnels on his Twitter account. Musk cited difficulty with Los Angeles traffic and limitations with the current 2-D transportation network as inspiration for the tunneling project.
|Founded||December 17, 2016|
|Headquarters||Hawthorne, California, United States|
|Steve Davis (Project Leader)|
As of February 2017, the company has begun digging a 30-foot-wide (9 m), 50-foot-long (15 m), and 15-foot-deep (4.6 m) testing trench on the premises of SpaceX's offices in Hawthorne, CA, since construction on its site requires no permits.
In March 2017, Musk announced that sometime in April the company will start using a tunnel boring machine (TBM) to begin digging a usable tunnel at SpaceX. At the end of April 2017, a TBM was seen at SpaceX with the company's name on the side. The TBM was revealed to be named "Godot" in May 2017, after the Beckett play Waiting for Godot. Future TBMs will be named after poems, plays, poets, and playwrights. Musk says the first route created will run from LAX to Culver City, then to Santa Monica, and end in Westwood. Musk claims the tunnel trip will take five minutes, compared to normal driving that can take up to 45 minutes in normal traffic to go from LAX to Westwood. These trips will be implemented by placing a car on an electric sled and traveling at 125 miles per hour (201 km/h) through tunnels.
In July 2017, Musk claimed that The Boring Company had received verbal government approval to build an underground Hyperloop connecting New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. In October 2017, the company obtained a utility permit to the construction of the Baltimore-Washington tunnel from the Maryland’s Department of Transportation. This part of the tunnel - some 35 miles between Penn Station in Baltimore to Washington Union Station - will start near Fort Meade. The New York to Washington, D.C. Hyperloop, which Musk claims will take 29 minutes to travel from city center to city center, will be built in parallel with the Los Angeles tunnel system announced in May. Other projects include a San Francisco to Los Angeles Hyperloop and a Texas Hyperloop, which are planned for a later stage.
In July 2017, Musk also uploaded a video depicting a successful test of The Boring Company's car elevator. In October, Musk revealed the second TBM is named "Line-storm", named after the Robert Frost poem “A Line-Storm Song”.
"If you think of tunnels going 10, 20, 30 layers deep (or more), it is obvious that going 3D down will encompass the needs of any city’s transport of arbitrary size."— Elon Musk
Future boring operations will implement a contemporaneous operation of boring and tunnel reinforcement to reduce the cost of the tunnelling operations, in addition to the reduction of tunnel size, re-using soil materials for tunnel construction, and further technological improvements.
According to Tesla Inc and SpaceX board member Steve Jurvetson, tunnels specifically built for electric vehicles have reduced size and complexity, and thus decreased cost. “The insight I think that’s so powerful is that if you only envision electric vehicles in your tunnels you don’t need to do the air handling for all carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, you know, basically pollutants for exhaust. You could have scrubbers and a variety of simpler things that make everything collapse to a smaller tunnel size, which dramatically lowers the cost … The whole concept of what you do with tunnels changes.”
Musk also hinted at the possibility that the underground infrastructure technology might be used for his project of creating a self-sustaining human colony on Mars: "I do think getting good at digging tunnels could be really helpful for Mars. For sure there's going to be a lot of ice mining on Mars, and mining in general to get raw materials. You can build a tremendous amount underground with the right boring technology on Mars. So I do think there is some overlap in that technology development arena." "And then, along the way, building underground habitats where you could get radiation shielding… you could build an entire city underground if you wanted to".
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