Hyperloop One, one of several companies developing the technology to transport passengers between cities in minutes at near super-sonic speed, has just unveiled exciting first images of their full-scale test site currently under construction in the Nevada desert, which is set to become the first operational Hyperloop system in the world some time later this year.
The California based startup is keen to make Elon Musk’s futuristic Hyperloop vision a reality. The concept is a proposed mode of passenger and freight transportation at speeds of more than an airline i.e. 1287 Km/h (800 mph) that would shuttle pod-like vehicle through a near-vacuum, low pressure tube.
“While technology is revolutionizing many facets of our lives, we have not seen a radical change in transportation since the Wright brothers introduced air travel over 100 years ago,” said Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One.
The test track, Development hyperloop a.k.a DevLoop, currently is around 500 metres (1,640 ft) long, has a diameter of 3.3 meters, or around 11 feet and weighs over 1 million kilograms (more than 2.2 million pounds). It is located around 30 minutes from Las Vegas.
When completed later this year, the full-scale tube will extend for 3 kilometres (1.86 miles), and while the test system may not carry any passengers for now, it will surely give the world a chance to see if Hyperloop can really live up to the expectations of the hype to present what “Future of Trains” looks like with the aim of creating a faster system of mobility.
The company is expecting the pipeline to be ready by 2020, but before anything further proceeds, it first needs a clearance that its full-scale DevLoop prototype can safely reach the supersonic speeds they have promised.
Hyperloop, a brainchild of the Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, first proposed this idea in 2012 and since he open-sourced it, there have been multiple companies and numerous research institutions and organizations tirelessly working on the Hyperloop technology.
Hyperloop one seems to be leading the race so far.
If all goes as per the plan, the world will witness what could be one of the most important trial runs in the history of human transportation. Despite immense promise, there are high questions about the affordability of the technology and technical feasibility.