Hyperloop, envisioned by Tesla and SpaceX head Elon Musk in August 2013, has finally become reality, according to Shervin Pishevar, Hyperloop One’s executive chairman. Hyperloop completed a 315-foot test run on May 12, when a wheel-mounted sled was guided through Hyperloop’s famous vacuum tube. This represents the dawn of a brand new mode of transport, something that hasn’t happened for more than a hundred years since the discovery of air travel.
The sled traveled for 5.3 seconds, a small feat in isolation but a giant step in the development of Hyperloop as a feasible transportation solution. The sled achieved acceleration of about 2G during the test run.
The Next Step Awaits
Following the highway-speed test run, Hyperloop plans to conduct high-speed testing to assess the feasibility of the technology at the speeds Musk intends to use it. Speeds of 250 mph are likely to be the next target for Hyperloop developers, as the company has built more track since the May test, making high-speed testing easier. Its Las Vegas-based ‘Devloop’ track is now 1,640 feet long.
The high-speed transportation company intends to achieve rapid growth in developed countries, where the demand for rapid intercity transport has been consistently high. The original conception of Hyperloop was as a transportation system operating at airliner speeds, making further development of the sector vital. The installations for Hyperloop systems, when completed in finality, are also expected to contain solar panels, so that the system could contribute to power generation on a fulltime basis in addition to being an intercity transport solution.
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