High-speed Hyperloop completes first test run

High-speed Hyperloop completes first test runThe high-speed Hyperloop has completed its first successful test, laying the foundations for a transport system that could cut the 424-mile journey from London to Edinburgh to 50 minutes.  Hyperloop One has revealed it completed a test with its first prototype of the radical system, which could eventually feature pods propelled through a vacuum at speeds of up to 760 miles per hour, back in May. Introducing the world’s only vehicle that achieves autonomous high-speed propulsion and levitation in a vacuum environment: our pod! pic.twitter.com/f65gD1asu5— HyperloopOne (@HyperloopOne) July 12, 2017 Credit: Hyperloop One The first version of the pod reached 70 miles per hour in the 5.3 second test in the Nevada desert. Hyperloop One said it used just 100 feet of the motor and that this will improve as "the longer the motor the faster we can go".  It says it hopes to achieve speeds of 250 miles per hour in the next test.  Alongside news of the trial it shared images of how the first Hyperloop One pods could look. Hyperloop CEO: We Want to Go Public in Third Quarter 03:46 It will be some time before the Hyperloop becomes a reality given the complexity of the new technology, but the test marks an important step, according to the company.  "For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced. Hyperloop is real, and it's here now," said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One. "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."  The company is one of a number of private firms and research groups developing versions of the system, which is the brainchild of Elon Musk. US billionaire Musk launched a competition for organisations to develop a feasible version of the idea back in 2015.  A proposed route for the Hyperloop Credit: Hyperloop One California-based Hyperloop One is the first team to unveil a working prototype for the mode of transport and to test it. Its pods are designed to travel in a vacuum using magnetic levitation to reach the superfast speeds. It will further test its preliminary technology in the coming months.  The company unveiled its 500m-long test track earlier this year, as well as announcing a number of potential Hyperloop routes in Europe. The nine proposed routes include three in the UK: London to Edinburgh, Cardiff to Glasgow, and Liverpool to Glasgow.  Crazy futuristic transport  



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