Hyperloop One Conducts a Real-World Test at the Nevada Desert

Hyperloop One, which is based in Los Angeles, announced that it was successful in its first full-scale test of the Hyperloop mass-transit system that will be using clean energy. The test was done in the Nevada desert on 13th July. The co-founder of the upcoming technology company referred to the success as a "Kitty Halk moment." The Hyperloop attained a record-breaking speed of 70 mph through it’s a third-mile long tube that is vacuum sealed.

The technology company is currently facing stiff competition in being the first to commercialize the technology. It has never informed the public of its accomplishments in various tests until during its recent announcement. Hyperloop is currently conducting its second phase of experiments that involve real world trials. It is working to create a technology that will offer air-travel speed on land. The firm is devoted to reaching a speed of 250 mph during its next trials.

The Hyperloop project is currently being worked on by about 200 engineers, welders, fabricators, and other technology experts. It has taken thousands of hours to accomplish the first phase of the test. The shell of the vehicle is painted two blue shades and has the infinity-sign brand of Hyperloop One. It looks almost similar to the design of the Amtrak trains, but it does not emit any air pollutants.

According to the president of engineering at Hyperloop One, Josh Giegel, his team is the only one that is trying to make the project a reality. The experts have spent a lot of time conducting tests in the past couple of months. He said that the tests have proven that the Hyperloop system works, and it will be will soon be commercialized. The officials of the technology firm refer to the vacuum-sealed loop as a “sky in a tube.”

The project is not yet perfect since it has not yet attained the supersonic speeds that were targeted by Elon Musk when introduced the idea in a 2013 white paper. Musk is a billionaire entrepreneur, and he currently serves as the president of Tesla and SpaceX. The new technology has a few similarities with the maglev trains that are used in Asia. A train that is owned by Japan Railway set a world record in 2016 by reaching a speed of 603 mph. The Hyperloop vehicles can achieve a speed of over 789mph since they are inside pressurized tubes. Musk proposed the project to replace the low-tech bullet trains that are currently being used in California.