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Transportation: Hyperloop one records a successful first real test



The dream of being transported from one nook and cranny of a city to another is now one step closer.

 Hyperloop One, previously known as Hyperloop Technologies, is a company in Los Angeles, California, that is working to commercialize the Hyperloop for moving passengers and/or cargo at airline speeds at a fraction of the cost of air travel.

The company on Wednesday announced that it successfully tested a full hyperloop.

 It also affirmed that the elements required to make hyperloop work, worked: propulsion, braking, and the levitation and vacuum systems that all but eliminate friction and air resistance so that pod shoots through the tube at maximum speed with minimal energy.

According to the Hyperloop One’s engineering chief, Josh Giegel, “this is integrating all of the pieces, It’s the first phase of a test program that will get us to a production unit.”

During the testing period, Hyperloop One also used the opportunity to reveal its design for the pod that will carry the people (or cargo) if and when this thing becomes real.

 The pod is made of aluminum and carbon fiber, 28 feet long and has a bus resemblance.

According to Wired, the May test comes just about a year after Hyperloop One publicly demonstrated its propulsion system on a tube-free track.

The addition of that full-scale tube—11 feet in diameter and 1600 feet long—and the engineers’ ability to suck nearly all the air out of it, is a big step, but there’s plenty left to do.

 For one, they need to master the airlock system that will allow pods to move into and out of the tube without wrecking that vacuum, then spending the time and energy pumping all the air back out.

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Josh Giegel also added that some additions will be made  to the system soon after the company must have reached its next goal, which is hitting 250 mph.

 All the while, the tubers will be working to improve reliability and reduce costs, two crucial elements to solving the riddle that will make all this engineering work seem simple: Building and certifying a system the public and regulators believe is safe, then operating it at profit, in a space already dominated by established, efficient competitors like airlines.

The Engineering chief also reminded that it has to beat back rivals like Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, which plans to build systems in Slovakia and South Korea in the next few years, and Arrivo, launched by former Hyperloop One lead engineer, Brogan BamBrogan.

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