Musk's Hyperloop One hits record speeds in Phase 2 testing
03 August 2017
Billionaire Elon Musk's Hyperloop One, the only company that has built an operational hyperloop system, continues to forge ahead with the successful completion of its second phase of testing.
Earlier this month, Hyperloop One had announced the successful completion of the world's first hyperloop test in a vacuum environment, laying the foundations for a transport system that could cut the 424-mile journey from London to Edinburgh to 50 minutes. (See: Musk's Hyperloop comes closer to reality, completes test)
And last Saturday, Hyperloop One completed Phase 2, achieving historic test speeds travelling nearly the full distance of the 500-meter DevLoop track in the Nevada desert.
The Hyperloop One XP-1, the company's first-generation pod, accelerated for 300 meters and glided above the track using magnetic levitation before braking and coming to a gradual stop.
"This is the beginning, and the dawn of a new era of transportation," said Shervin Pishevar, executive chairman and co-founder of Hyperloop One. "We've reached historic speeds of 310 km an hour, and we're excited to finally show the world the XP-1 going into the Hyperloop One tube. When you hear the sound of the Hyperloop One, you hear the sound of the future."
Hyperloop is a transportation system which propels a pod-like vehicle through a near-vacuum tube at more than airline speed. During phase 2, Hyperloop One achieved record speeds, in a tube depressurised down to the equivalent of air at 200,000 feet above sea level.
All components of the system were successfully tested, including the electric motor, advanced controls and power electronics, custom magnetic levitation and guidance, pod suspension and vacuum system.
With Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod, and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.
"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 commercialisation of our Hyperloop technology," said Hyperloop One chief executive Rob Lloyd. "We're excited about the prospects and the reception we've received from governments around the world to help solve their mass transportation and infrastructure challenges."
"Our team of engineers continues to make history at DevLoop. Only a handful of teams would have attempted something so audacious while far less could have achieved it," said Josh Giegel, another co-founder and president of engineering.
"Through tireless preparation, dedication and hard work, we successfully completed Phase 1, proving that Hyperloop One technology works and that Hyperloop is real.
''Phase 2 was far more difficult as we built upon everything we learned from our initial test and accomplished faster speeds at a farther distance. We're now one step closer to deploying Hyperloop around the world."
Earlier this year, the system was presented in India by Hyperloop One as part of its ''vision for India'' in which railway minister Suresh Prabhu showed keen interest.