Hyperloop clears test making possible travelling in a tube at a hyper speed. Hyperloop One, as we know is developing a system theorized by maverick entrepreneur Elon Musk, said that a test last week of a full Hyperloop system at its private facility in the desert near Las Vegas was a success, hitting record speeds.
The US startup Hyperloop One revealed on 3 August, that the near-supersonic rail system known as Hyperloop has passed another key milestone on its path to become reality.
Hyperloop One co-founder and executive chairman Shervin Pishevar told the media,
“that’s a huge milestone for us. Now we’ve shown that the hyperloop actually works. And now this is the dawn of the commercialization of the hyperloop. So from this point on we move to the commercialization process.”
In what Hyperloop referred to as Phase 2 testing, a pod was fired through a tube depressurized to the equivalent of 200,000 feet (60,000 meters) above sea level and reached an unprecedented speed of 192 mph (310 kilometers per hour). According to the Company, all components were successfully tested, including motors, controls, the vacuum system, and the magnetic levitation that lets pods zip along tracks without touching them.
A jubilant Chief Executive Officer Rob Lloyd said “we’ve proven that our technology works, and we’re now ready to enter into discussions with partners, customers and governments around the world about the full commercialization of our Hyperloop technology.”
Earlier, Hyperloop One had promised a full-scale demonstration by the end of 2016, after a successful test of the propulsion system and now according to Shervin Pishevar, they now visualise the system getting operational in the new few years.
Hyperloop One Chief o fEngineering Josh Giegel said the company is now starting “production level development — how we take this prototype and actually scale it to making hundreds or thousands of units and then actually deploying that around the world.”
For the uninitiated, the Hyperloop system is a proposed mode of passenger and/or freight transportation designed to send pods carrying cargo or people through low-pressure tubes for long distances at passenger jet speeds.
Early this year, Hyperloop One had disclosed a list of locations around the world vying to put near-supersonic rail transit system to the test. However, viable submissions had to be agreed to by government agencies that would likely be involved in regulating and ideally, funding the futuristic rail.
Hyperloop One maintains that their system offers better safety than passenger jets, lower build and maintenance costs than high-speed trains, and energy usage, per person, that is similar to a bicycle.
Port colossus DP World Group of Dubai in 2016 invested in the concept, joining other investors including Elon Musk, French national rail company SNCF, US industrial conglomerate General Electric and Russian state fund RDIF.