Hyperloop One Completes First Full-Scale Test

The company bringing Elon Musk’s transport dream to reality, Hyperloop One, has announced the first successful, full-scale test of the new mode of transport.

Hyperloop One originally intended on building a 1-mile long tube to validate the technology but instead stopped short at 500 meters. Nevertheless, it claims to have achieved a full vacuum in the tube with its test vehicle floating above the track for 5.3 seconds thanks to magnetic levitation. It also reached nearly 2Gs of acceleration and hit 70 mph.

Alongside the announcement of the test run, Hyperloop One has released images the full-scale XP-1 pod it will use in future tests and attempt to hit speeds of around 250 mph.

In a statement, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One Shervin Pishevar said “Hyperloop One has accomplished what no one has done before by successfully testing the first full scale Hyperloop system. By achieving full vacuum, we essentially invented our own sky in a tube, as if you’re flying at 200,000 feet in the air. For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced. Hyperloop is real, and it’s here now.”

Despite reaching this milestone, the Hyperloop is still far from the ultimate goal of transporting people at speeds of up to 700 mph. Many have suggested that doing so safely and effectively over a long track will prove impossible, particularly due to how much the tube will flex, expand and shrink in different conditions.

Late last year, it emerged that the first real-world use of the Hyperloop could be through a system in Dubai designed to carry cargo both underwater and above ground.

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  • Dennis James

    Elon Musk doesn’t fool around, when he sais something, he always does it (albeit with some delays sometimes – but really, everything he does has never been done before). He is probably the most consistent and perseverent guy I know about.

    I guess we will begin to see the first tunnels from his “Boring company” pretty soon 🙂

  • Bash

    That is the way to bring the future to present!!
    Amazing job. and what a great effort.. looking forward of witnessing the completion of this project and opening it for public use.

  • Vassilis

    Shit is this really happening?

  • fabri99

    Impressive. I’m not a fan of Mr. Musk, but I love his pioneering attitude. At the end of the day, he gets things done and we should give him credit for that.

    • SteersUright

      Sounds like you are indeed a fan, perhaps in denial…lol. But you’re right, he could just buy an island and enjoy the rest of his life indulging in his wealth. Instead, he does awesome sh%t like this…

      • fabri99

        I’m a fan of…that kind of person. But not Musk himself, he is a d*ckhead and according to what I’ve read he doesn’t seem to treat his workers too well. Plus, Tesla’s target customers just make me go “ughh”.

  • Dariush

    still not a believer. Too big of an infrastructure and too delicate/finicky

  • pureworx

    full scale test? would be interesting to know the amount of energy used for that test on only 500m and achieving 70mph.. if its not efficient enough to be cheaper than air travel or trains its a no go.. just another gimmick

    • Tydogg123 .

      Don’t forget that Musk is in the solar and energy storage (battery) business as well.

      • pureworx

        this hyperloop might be an idea he floated but its not a company hes running.. musk is a bond villain just not quite sure what is end game is yet.. the mars thing is just smoke screens..

        he might be the man who triggers a terminator style machine uprising.

  • Infinite1

    Interesting. Will have to see what the future has in stored for this

  • get rid of commuting and/or work in general, and there will be no need to go fast to and from, and get back to work. Then, we can all use 3 mph solar powered snail-RVs and tour the world all across at a leisurely pace across the span of our lifetimes.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Wow…

  • SteersUright

    Imagine the world had just a few more visionary billionaires instead of the fat, greedy, yacht buying, name on ever other building, cheesy ones? How many more amazing projects would humanity get to witness?

    • Status

      The former gives promise of a better world for both the fledgling engineering student and the industrial designers. The latter just offers low-quality jobs in exchange for their perpetual insular comfort.

  • FoxJ30

    Technical feasibility is great – and I for one hope to eventually see a hyperloop system that’s as simple as current day commuter rail.

    I do think, however, that the biggest challenge, at least in the United States, isn’t the technical one – it’s the geographic/political one. Just getting land-use right of ways to build this out over any stretch of distance will take years or decades, sadly.

  • europeon

    I feel obligated to point out this is in the best case a hoax. Please feel free to watch the following videos debunking the Hyperloop.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNFesa01llk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z48pSwiDLIM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDwe2M-LDZQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXF2qcu-tFw

  • Howstar

    Facepalm…

    • Howstar

      Furry Balls Plopped Menacingly on the Table Inc.

  • Afi Keita James

    Elon musk is a fraud and hyperloop looks like a vaccum cleaner, terrible.