Hyperloop One complete first successful test run
Hyperloop One has successfully completed the first full-scale test run of hyperloop technology. The company made the announcement on Wednesday July 12, despite the achievement taking place back in May.
If you’re not too sure what the hyperloop is, here’s a bit of a recap. It’s basically a vacuum tunnel that will propel commuters between cities at 1,220 kilometres per hour. The technology was drawn up by Elon Musk, a rocket scientist and the entrepreneur behind SpaceX – an aerospace manufacturing company.
This was Hyperloop One’s first full system test in a vacuum environment, at the test site in the Nevada desert in Las Vegas.
Shervin Pishevar and Josh Giegel spoke to CBS This Morning, saying that they were looking ahead to the first public test in the next few months.
The American breakfast programme showed footage of the high-speed test run. Hyperloop co-founder and executive chairman, Shervin Pishevar, said: “This is the first full-scale hyperloop in the world. The structure weighs two million pounds”
“It will be the safest, cleanest, fastest form of transportation,” he added.
Although the test took place in the US, this is big news for Dubai. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) signed an agreement with Hyperloop One in November last year to jointly explore routes for the transportation system between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This would a mean a journey time of just 12 minutes between the two emirates, making the idea of living in one city and working in another much more appealing.
Rob Lloyd, CEO of Hyperloop One said, “Having signed an agreement with DP World in August to pursue a cargo-based Hyperloop One system at Jebel Ali port, our focus has now expanded to include connecting the emirates. As the central global transport hub, pursuing the implementation of a Hyperloop in the UAE makes sense. The leaders of the UAE understand that transportation is the new broadband, with the power to transform life throughout the GCC.”