Hyperloop One held a high-speed testing of the transport system of the future
After more than one year of construction, preparations and conduct low-speed tests Hyperloop system is finally starting to show that, on what it is really capable. Last weekend, the company Hyperloop the One held a test drive of the prototype Hyperloop capsules disperse it inside an enclosed 500-meter test site in the Nevada desert to 192 miles per hour (309 km / h). The company says that at the moment is the fastest Hyperloop test system, which, incidentally, is not surprising, especially when you consider that Hyperloop the One is the world's only company that built a full-size test system.
As stated in the company, in almost airless environment of a closed pipe pressure was reduced to a pressure level at an altitude of 60 kilometers above sea level. The capsule itself, called XP-1, sliding on a track on a magnetic levitation technologies that limits the level of aerodynamic resistance. In theory, this will accelerate to 1223 kilometers per hour. In a statement after the tests Head Hyperloop One Sherwin Pishavar noted the following:
"When you hear the sound Hyperloop, you hear the sound of the future".
Portal The Verge, in turn, compares the sound with Hyperloop whining little dog's ear. Well, or at least with a thin space fighter TIE Fighter from "Star Wars."
Inside the pipe 8 meter capsule similar to futuristic bus and constructed of aluminum and carbon fiber brought via multiwheel tractor. Before placing it in the pipe Hyperloop One team conducted a thorough check. Since the last test a full-size system in May, the company has advanced much further. Capsule traveled or, better said, prolevetirovala, 4, 5 times further, developing with 2, 7 times higher speed and thus in using 3, 5 times more power.
In May, the test track capsule prototype was able to overclock up to 113 kilometers per hour. In a subsequent interview with Josh Giygel, co-founder Hyperloop One, he said that the company "is the time to move to the next level." In both cases, the tests were carried out without the presence of the press. Apparently decided to play safe and reduce until undue attention, especially after too revalued the very first tests, which lasted only two seconds. It was held again in May, but already last year. Then carried the concept check: engineers dispersed the 680-kilo trolley up to 160 km / h and stopped it with a pile of sand. After such "outstanding" demonstration in a few weeks, the scandal of Hyperloop One was expelled at the time of its technical director. Followed by several courts. The final hearing was not completed until the end of the year. Since Hyperloop One behaves somewhat more modest and more focused on achieving real results, which may be interested in its potential international partners. The company is not only trying to convince everyone that the system actually works, but also doing everything possible to reduce the degree of skepticism with regard to issues of cost and practicality of passenger and freight transport within the vacuum tubes with a cruising speed of 747 aircraft.
In recent months Pishavar Giygel and traveled around the world talking about their vision of the supersonic transport government officials and private investors. Although the company is headquartered in Los Angeles, and the test track - in Nevada, Hyperloop One more aimed at drawing attention to its system outside the United States. And what's interesting, interested parties already have. The company carries out technical and economic analysis and expertise in the United Arab Emirates, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Russia and the UK. In addition, as potential sites for the construction of its ultra-fast, futuristic transportation system considers several regions in the United States.
However, before you make a revolution in transport technology, will have to cope with even very many pitfalls and problems. Build something new this magnitude is always very expensive, long and difficult. In the end we are talking about a completely new technology, which has no benefits for the development, construction and approval of the official controls, as in the railway sphere, for example. By the way, adding that Hyperloop One is not the only company pursuing the goal of creating ultra-fast transport system. Another American startup, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, also located in Los Angeles, although it behaves while quieter water below the grass, but nevertheless states that have already started construction of the passenger system. He is co-founder Hyperloop One, but left the company Brogan Bembrogan invested their money in the creation of a new company Hyperloop-Arrivo. Most recently, he inspirer Hyperloop Elon Musk, who proposed the technology in 2013 and engaged in at the moment digging tunnels, he said that he had received "verbal approval" from the United States administration of President Trump for the construction of the underground line Hyperloop between New York and Washington. That is before us in fact opens a real race in the implementation of new technology. Let the best man win, and fast!