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Hyperloop One announced this week that it completed its first full-scale test of its system in a vacuum environment. Hyperloop showed off its technology in a public test last year in the Nevada desert but this event was significant since it was a closer representation of how the actual Hyperloop will work. The company conducted the trial on May 12 on its new DeveLop track that it finished building in April.
The vehicle reached a top speed of 70 mph. Although that figure isn’t particularly remarkable, the fully-operational Hyperloop should travel at speeds topping 750 miles per hour. Hyperloop One is entering its next phase of testing that aims to get the vehicle up to 250 mph.
The Hyperloop uses electromagnetic propulsion and magnetic levitation technology to propel itself through a vacuum-enclosed tube at extreme speeds. According to Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar, the vacuum-sealed tubes allow the pods to travel so fast because they essentially replicate the conditions that an aircraft would face if it were flying at 200,000 feet, namely almost no air resistance.
The company also showed off the sleek new pod that will eventually travel through the tunnels. It’s constructed from aluminum and carbon fiber and measures 28-feet-long.
If completed, this transport innovation could whisk passengers and cargo from San Francisco to Los Angeles in just 30 minutes. The company plans on testing the new pod on its DeveLop track in the next phase of development.
You can watch the test here, beginning at about the 2:00.
Featured image courtesy of Hyperloop One.
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