Hyperloop One successfully completes first test run

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Hyperloop One has just announced the successful completion of the world’s first full systems Hyperloop test in a vacuum environment. The test took place on May 12, 2017 at the company’s test track, ‘DevLoop’, in the Nevada Desert. The vehicle coasted above the first portion of the track for 5.3 seconds using magnetic levitation and reached nearly 2Gs of acceleration, while achieving a speed of 70mph. The company is now entering the next campaign of testing, which will target speeds of 250mph.

“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. “It's going to make the world a lot more efficient and will impact the ways our cities work, where we live and where we work. We'll be able to move between cities as if cities themselves are metro stops.”

All the system's components were tested by nearly 200 engineers, including its motor, vehicle suspension, magnetic levitation, electromagnetic braking, vacuum pumping system and more, proving the full system's components operate successfully as a single integrated unit in a vacuum.

In addition to test, Hyperloop One also unveiled the prototype of its Pod that will be used to transport passengers and cargo inside the tube. Made of structural aluminium and a lightweight carbon fibre, the shell measures 28 feet long. Hyperloop One claims its Pod, with the company’s proprietary linear electric motor, is the only vehicle in the world that achieves autonomous high-speed propulsion and levitation in a controlled low-pressure environment.

Hyperloop One will continue to run tests at DevLoop in the coming months to validate its next-generation components and software. The next phase of testing will showcase the Pod gliding along a longer track at faster speeds.

“We’ve spent more time testing a Hyperloop system than anyone in the world,” added Josh Giegel, co-founder and president of engineering of Hyperloop One. “Now that we’ve tested our Hyperloop system, we know it works, and we're ready to deploy it to the rest of the world.”