Hyperloop One tests its full-scale system for the first time

Hyperloop One tests its full-scale system for the first time

In March it revealed its full-scale test track in the Nevada desert, and it is also conducting feasibility studies with governments in Russia, Finland and Dubai.

Hyperloop One was created as an answer to a challenge from Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who wrote a white paper envisioning a mode of transportation that would send pods at speeds greater than 700mph using a low-friction environment and levitation using air bearings.

"For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced", said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One.

It describes its latest step forward as its first full systems test, and it actually took place in a private setting back on May 12.

"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". The company showed a video of a sled speeding through the vacuum Hyperloop tube.

Hyperloop One tests its full-scale system for the first time
Hyperloop One tests its full-scale system for the first time

Hyperloop One is one of the leading groups competing to make Elon Musk's open-sourced transportation idea a reality.

According to Hyperloop One, the next milestone is getting the test tube to achieve a speed of 250 miles per hour. Hyperloop's first trial was successful in demonstrating that the same effect could be achieved using vacuum tubes. Made from structural aluminum and carbon fiber, the 28-foot pods will be able to carry passengers and cargo through tube networks that are above or below the ground. Musk didn't have the bandwidth to take on the project - apparently getting the world off fossil fuels and colonizing Mars is time consuming - but he thought it'd be a faster and cheaper alternative to California's high-speed rail project.

You see that? The flattened, levitating vehicle of sorts, flying down a tube.

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. Many possible Hyperloop connections have been proposed around the world.

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