Hyperloop One Conducts First Full-System Test

Hyperloop One completes full Hyperloop systems test

The company had been targeting spring for what it called a "Kitty Hawk moment", a reference to the Wright brothers, where it would show that the ultra high-speed transportation system can work at a full scale level. That's faster than a Boeing passenger jet, as CBS pointed out. Hyperloop One, led by Shervin Pishevar, also unveiled a "Pod which it says can be used to transport passengers and cargo inside its tube". For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced.

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.

Again, it's more about testing their propulsion and braking system in the vacuum environment created by the hyperloop tube, it's hard to make it exciting.

"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".

That brings us to today's announcement: A video of the first full-scale test of the technology in a vacuum tube, which took place out in the Nevada desert. That's still quite short of the ultimate potential top speed of a hyperloop system, which is around 750 miles per hour, but those speeds are theoretical, and the test track is much shorter than planned future commercial installations. Hyperloop's first trial was successful in demonstrating that the same effect could be achieved using vacuum tubes.

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Hyperloop One also shared images of its new pod with The Verge.

"Made of structural aluminum and a lightweight carbon fiber, the shell measures 28 feet long", Hyperloop One writes. And, of course, convincing skeptical transportation planners that this is a better solution than tried-and-true high-speed rail. The pods would be propelled by linear induction motors and air compression, and, in Musk's vision, be a safer and lower-cost alternative to other modes of travel.

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

Hyperloop One has been busy on the policy side as well, conducting a competition that got cities across the country to propose their own ideas for how to use the technology to solve transportation problems.

Hyperloop One is also looking at possible locations to build a full-scale system.

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