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Hyperloop One floats vehicle above track in first full-scale test

Hyperloop One floats vehicle above track in first full-scale test

That's the future, folks, operated by Hyperloop One, which announced on Wednesday that it had completed the first full systems Hyperloop test.

Will the Hyperloop ever come to fruition and change the way we travel?

The test proved that the entire Hyperloop system can work, at least on a small scale. In the test, the company's hyperloop vehicle - which uses magnetic levitation, or mag-lev, technology - pulled 2 Gs while reaching 70 miles per hour down the length of the company's test track in Nevada.

"It will be the safest, cleanest, fastest form of transportation in the world", he continued. It did an open-air test in 2016 and then built the 11-ft diameter vacuum tube for tests in the spring of 2017.

The Hyperloop One system test wasn't designed for speed, however, and achieved its goals of reaching full vacuum conditions within the tube, according to Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar. 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.

The company's Hyperloop prototype in the Nevada desert had its first high-speed test run.

The new pod design also demonstrates Hyperloop One's quick progression towards building a complete full-scale prototype.

In a press release, the company wrote: "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".

"Made of structural aluminum and a lightweight carbon fiber, the shell measures 28 feet long", Hyperloop One writes. The next phase of testing will showcase the Pod gliding along a longer track at faster speeds. You definitely shouldn't expect to see one of these high-speed tubes in the USA anytime soon.

Boring broke ground on an underground tunnel in the Los Angeles area and is in talks to make one in Chicago, both of which could utilize Hyperloop technology to propel electric sleds through the tunnels.

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


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