Prototype transverses half-mile track in two seconds
Earlier this week, Hyperloop One launched its first sled down a nearly 1,000-foot track in the Nevada desert about 30 miles north of Sin City. Hyperloop One is the first company to test a prototype for Elon Musk’s theoretical rapid-transit system.
“The hyperloop is real. It’s happening now,” Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd told The Wall Street Journal in an interview at the event.
Testing was done with a giant 10-foot long, 1,500-pound aluminum sled dubbed the POAT, or propulsion open-air test. A 187-foot (57 meter) thin linear electric motor mounted at the start of the track provided the motivation for the POAT. At the end of the countdown, the electric motor accelerated the POAT to 60 mph in just 1.1 seconds and before slamming into a pile of sand at the end of the track at 116 mph. The entire test took around two seconds.
Hyperloop One is competing with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies as well as other startup companies to bring Musk’s hyperloop idea to fruition. In 2013, Musk released his theory to the public sphere in a paper saying he didn’t have time to develop the concept and encouraged others to come up with a working product.
Musk’s hyperloop concept uses propulsion motors and magnets to hover a pod inside of low pressure or near-vacuum tubes at speeds up to 760 mph or just below the speed of sound.
While both companies have been studying permanent magnets to hover their pods, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies told The Wall Street Journal that it has successfully used permanent magnets in its testing.
Check out the video below to see the first hyperloop test.
Source: Hyperloop One, The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)
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