The next-gen Hyperloop transportation system has come a step closer to reality as the Hyperloop One just shared a footage of its first full-scale test in a vacuum environment.
It is an important milestone in the development of the visionary transportation system that can carry travellers from Delhi to Mumbai in just 60 minutes.
This was Hyperloop One’s first ever fully-realized test of the system initiated by Elon Musk back in 2013.
“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 Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar boldly in a release announcing the test. “For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced.”
The trial run, which was staged on the DevLoop test track in the desert outside Las Vegas, saw the test vehicle use the company’s magnetic levitation (or mag-lev) propulsion system to reach a speed of 70 mph, hitting almost 2 Gs of acceleration.
The test boiled down to just a few seconds of footage — the full run lasted for 5.3 seconds — as the test vehicle shot down the track within the tube, coasting along the track.
It’s more impressive than the last quick test of the Hyperloop One propulsion system last year, which was even shorter — but the vacuum test was also just a first step toward the goal of 750 mph-plus speeds.
The company called the test its “Kitty Hawk moment” in a blog post coauthored by founders Josh Giegel and Pishevar, comparing Hyperloop One’s success to the legendary first manned flight. The pair touted the successful trial on CBS This Morning, giving the general public a taste of the high speed tech.