Hyperloop One Announces Successful Test Run

Hyperloop One Announces Successful Test Run

Hyperloop One Announces Successful Test Run

Elon Musk's lofty dreams of a futuristic, super-fast mode of travel is getting closer to reality, with the Hyperloop One successfully completing its first full-system test in Nevada, USA.

In the test, Hyperloop says it's vehicle traveled the first portion of a track using magnetic levitation in a vacuum environment, and reached 70 miles per hour.

The company's Hyperloop prototype in the Nevada desert had its first high-speed test run. Hyperloop One, led by Shervin Pishevar, also unveiled a "Pod which it says can be used to transport passengers and cargo inside its tube". That's quite a bit slower than the near-supersonic speeds Elon Musk promised in his initial Hyperloop proposal, and that Hyperloop One eventually hopes to deliver. Since the May test, Hyperloop has built out 10 times as much motor, it says, bringing propulsion capabilities to about 1,000 feet of track.

The test sled utilized magnetic levitation and was propelled by electrical charges, coasting through the Hyperloop tube for 5.3 seconds. "Almost 200 engineers, fabricators, welders, etc. dedicated thousands of hours to make this test successful". That's the future, folks, operated by Hyperloop One, which announced on Wednesday that it had completed the first full systems Hyperloop test.

"Our team is the only team that is actually making Hyperloop happen, and we've spent more time testing a Hyperloop system than anyone in the world", said Josh Giegel, co-founder and President of Engineering of Hyperloop One.

In theory, it allows travel faster than the speed of sound.

"In this historic moment, Hyperloop One tested all the system's components, including its highly efficient motor, vehicle suspension, magnetic levitation, electromagnetic braking, vacuum pumping system and more, proving the full system's components operate successfully as a single integrated unit in a vacuum", Hyperloop said.

The aerodynamic pod is 8.5 metres long, and constructed of structural aluminum and carbon fiber. The teams benefitted from a "pusher" vehicle that got the prototype pods up to speed. While it is investigating 11 possible USA routes, it's likely that the first commercial Hyperloop will be built outside the US, in a country without much existing transportation infrastructure.

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