An American startup has successfully completed the first comprehensive test of its very high speed train concept.
The US startup Hyperloop One, which is developing the futuristic Hyperloop high-speed train concept, has successfully completed the first comprehensive test of its magnetic levitation system, according to a statement released on Wednesday. The concept of Hyperloop is to propel passengers in capsules held in the air with magnets in a low-pressure tube at a speed that could reach 1200 kilometers per hour. An old idea of the transport world, it was relaunched in 2013 by billionaire Elon Musk, already behind the Tesla electric cars and the SpaceX satellite launcher.
“We put the sky in a tube”
“Hyperloop One has achieved what no one has done before by successfully conducting a full-scale test of Hyperloop systems for the first time,” company co-founder and CEO Shervin Pishevar said in a statement. . The test took place in May in the desert near Las Vegas. The test engine managed to climb over the rails for just over 5 seconds thanks to magnetic levitation, reaching speeds of 112 kilometers per hour, according to Hyperloop One.
“By creating a total vacuum, we literally put the sky in a tube, as if you were flying at an altitude of 60,000 meters,” adds the company, which had already successfully tested its propulsion system. This time, Hyperloop One tested the engine, the vacuum pump, the magnetic levitation and the electromagnetic brake.
SNCF is one of the investors
The startup also announced Wednesday it has built a prototype capsule, made of aluminum and carbon fiber, to carry passengers or cargo in the tubes. It measures 8.5 meters, according to the company. Hyperloop One includes among its investors the French railway company SNCF, the American conglomerate General Electric, the Russian sovereign fund RDIF and the Dubai port giant, DP World Group.
Elon Musk has only revived the idea and has no financial participation in these startups