Hyperloop One completes first test run: "It's here now"

Hyperloop One completes first test run:

In an appearance on CBS This Morning, where the test footage first aired, Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar called the May 2017 test the company's "Kitty Hawk moment".

Hyperloop One conducted the first full-scale system test (via The Verge), achieving full vacuum conditions in its closed tube environment with a test pod that's the actual size of what it envisions for its production systems.

During the test run, Hyperloop One was able to test all of the system's components, including its motor, suspension, magnetic levitation, vacuum system, and electronic breaks. Now, Hyperloop One has a team of 200 workers looking to make it come to fruition.

That brings us to today's announcement: A video of the first full-scale test of the technology in a vacuum tube, which took place out in the Nevada desert.

While Hyperloop One has announced several potential routes around the world and many governments have expressed interest in the new form of transportation, the company has yet to formally break ground on its first Hyperloop route.

And while that's not the lighting-fast speed that Hyperloop Ones says it's futurist transport system could go, the company says this test-conducted privately on May 12-is only Phase 1.

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"For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced", said Pishevar.

To celebrate the "historic moment", the company shared a video of their test run, as well as new images of its prototype pod that will, at some point, ferry people and cargo at theoretical speeds of up to 1,207 kilometers per hour (750 miles per hour). "Hyperloop is real, and it's here now".

The aerodynamic pod is 8.5 metres long, and constructed of structural aluminum and carbon fiber.

In addition to reaching higher speeds, Hyperloop One has many other technical questions to address.

In theory, it allows travel faster than the speed of sound. The sleek prototype of the pod will be powered along by massive tubes in a vacuum, using magnetic levitation and electromagnetic propulsion. The windowless pod is created to carry both passengers and cargo, according to Hyperloop One.

The "Vision for America" includes connecting 35 cities nationwide with Hyperloop systems.

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