Hyperloop Just Hit a Major New Exciting Landmark
Hyperloop One just completed the world’s first full systems Hyperloop test in a vacuum environment, proving to the world that there is a new mode of transportation available for the first time in 100 years. The test included magnetic levitation and electromagnetic braking among other things.
This test was Phase 1 of a multi-phase program and was privately conducted on May 12, 2017 at the company’s test track, ‘DevLoop’ in the Nevada Desert. The vehicle coasted above the first portion of the track for 5.3 seconds using magnetic levitation and reached nearly 2Gs of acceleration, while achieving the Phase 1 target speed of 112kph. From here the team will notch things up to over 400kph.
“Hyperloop One has accomplished what no one has done before by successfully testing the first full scale Hyperloop system. 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,” 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. Hyperloop is real, and it’s here now.”
While the test doesn’t look that spectacular on video, nearly 200 engineers, fabricators, welders, etc. dedicated thousands of hours to make this test successful.
Hyperloop One has also unveiled it’s 28 foot long prototype Pod, which will be what transports passengers and cargo when everything is ready to go commercial. The pod is made out of structural aluminum and a lightweight carbon fiber.
“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. “To make Hyperloop a reality, we built and tested the actual hardware, gathering valuable insight along the way. Now that we’ve tested our Hyperloop system, we know it works, and we’re ready to deploy it to the rest of the world.”
“Hyperloop One will move people and things faster than at any other time in the world,” continued Pishevar. “With Hyperloop One, the world will be cleaner, safer and faster. It’s going to make the world a lot more efficient and will impact the ways our cities work, where we live and where we work. We’ll be able to move between cities as if cities themselves are metro stops.”
To get an idea of how revolutionary the Hyperloop will be, a trip from Sydney to Melbourne would take only half the time on the Hyperloop as it would on a plane.
Good luck to the team on the next phase of testing!