(Tech Xplore)-Hyperloop One has accomplished a full systems test and it has reported that the test was successful. Hyperloop One has a completed construction of a 500 meter long test track - which it calls its DevLoop -in the Nevada desert.
If the team over at Hyperloop One can follow on from this short test with speeds more like that which will be required in the finalized version, then maybe we will actually see the system go into commercial use.
This test was part of a multi-phase program that will now target speeds of 250 miles per hour and eventually transporting cargo and passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco at 700 miles per hour.
Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One said creating the system is like developing their own version of the sky but enclosed in a tube.
It will be some time before the Hyperloop becomes a reality given the complexity of the new technology, but the test marks an important step, according to the company. Hyperloop One is building what could be the next mode of high-speed transportation.
Despite the "excitement" of completing a first trial, Hyperloop One have many questions to answer over the vehicle's operation, said Philippa Oldham, head of transport at IMechE.
However, Hyperloop One bosses say the transport will make the world "cleaner, safer and faster". Instead, the auto moves as a pod through a pressurized, vacuum-sealed tube called a hypertube. Eventually, it will be able to travel far faster than any method of land based transport now available - with its closest competitor, the bullet train, only capable of speeds of 320 km/h (200 mph). The original conception of Hyperloop was as a transportation system operating at airliner speeds, making further development of the sector vital.
Hyperloop One will continue to run tests at DevLoop in the coming months to validate its next-generation components and software. We take a lot of inspiration from the Wright Brothers and wanted to show the world that it works. "I'm entirely convinced we'll be seeing freight moved in a Hyperloop by 2020, maybe 2019 and our first passengers by 2021".