Hyperloop One tests its full-scale system for the first time

The prototype pod is made from aluminum and carbon fiber. Hyperloop One

Hyperloop One, one of the main companies developing the new mode of transportation envisioned by Elon Musk, announced today "the successful completion of the world's first full systems Hyperloop test in a vacuum environment". At the time, the company commented that the "sled" which performed the test would be replaced with 28-passenger pods that could be moved at great speeds through a vacuum tube.

The company, "Hyperloop-One", said the test consisted of the first full-scale Hyperloop in the world.

The goal of this first test was not to achieve record-breaking speeds, but to simulate the conditions of an aircraft flying at 200,000 feet.

The company had been targeting spring for what it called a "Kitty Hawk moment", a reference to the Wright brothers, where it would show that the ultra high-speed transportation system can work at a full scale level.

Just last month it unveiled plans for a London to Edinburgh route that would reach its destination in just 50 minutes.

Will the Hyperloop ever come to fruition and change the way we travel?

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"For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced", said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One.

The test sled utilized magnetic levitation and was propelled by electrical charges, coasting through the Hyperloop tube for 5.3 seconds.

According to Hyperloop One, the next milestone is getting the test tube to achieve a speed of 250 miles per hour.

In March it revealed its full-scale test track in the Nevada desert, and it is also conducting feasibility studies with governments in Russia, Finland and Dubai. Hyperloop's first trial was successful in demonstrating that the same effect could be achieved using vacuum tubes. And, of course, convincing skeptical transportation planners that this is a better solution than tried-and-true high-speed rail.

A similar test held by SpaceX back in January hosted student and professional teams that were allowed to run prototype pods on a test track the space company built by the side of a road in Los Angeles. You definitely shouldn't expect to see one of these high-speed tubes in the US anytime soon.

The Hyperloop XP-1, which will be used to simulate transporting passengers and cargo through Hyperloop.

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