High-speed Hyperloop completes first test run

High-speed Hyperloop completes first test run

While Hyperloop One has announced several potential routes around the world and many governments have expressed interest in the new form of transportation, the company has yet to formally break ground on its first Hyperloop route.

Hyperloop One, along with its competitors like Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Arrivo, aims to one day establish networks of near-vacuum tubes that shuttle passenger and cargo pods along at close to the speed of sound. At the time, the company commented that the "sled" which performed the test would be replaced with 28-passenger pods that could be moved at great speeds through a vacuum tube. "Hyperloop is real, and it's here now", said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One. For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced.

Through it all, however, Hyperloop One had been able to build test tracks in Nevada.

The test was conducted privately but Hyperloop One offered some video that included footage from testing.

"The vehicle coasted above the first portion of the track for 5.3 seconds using magnetic levitation and reached almost 2Gs of acceleration, while achieving the Phase 1 target speed of 70mph". "By achieving full vacuum, we essentially invented our own sky in a tube, as if you're flying at 200,000 feet in the air".

The company said the next phase of testing will target speeds as much as 250 miles per hour, feature its first passenger pod and go over a greater distance. Hyperloop's first trial was successful in demonstrating that the same effect could be achieved using vacuum tubes.




In addition to announcing the private test, Hyperloop One also unveiled the prototype of its Pod that will work within the integrated system.

In addition to reaching higher speeds, Hyperloop One has many other technical questions to address.

And Hyperloop One does seem to be making some solid progress.

A similar test held by SpaceX back in January hosted student and professional teams that were allowed to run prototype pods on a test track the space company built by the side of a road in Los Angeles.

The "Vision for America" includes connecting 35 cities nationwide with Hyperloop systems.

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