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Gallery | Hyperloop testing steps up

Hyperloop One has carried out the first test on its XP-1 first generation pods in its test tube in the Nevada desert.

In the phase 2 tests, the large pods were accelerated for 300m in the 500m long tube, and glided above the track using magnetic levitation before breaking and coming to a gradual stop the company said.

“This is the beginning, and the dawn of a new era of transportation,” said Hyperloop One executive chairman and co-founder Shervin Pishevar. “We’ve reached historic speeds of 310km/h, and we’re excited to finally show the world the XP-1 going into the Hyperloop One tube.

“When you hear the sound of the Hyperloop One, you hear the sound of the future.”

The low pressure inside the tube is the equivalent of around 61km above sea level.

It said all components of the system were successfully tested, including the electric motor, advanced controls and power electronics, custom magnetic levitation and guidance, pod suspension and vacuum system.

When complete, its aim is to transport passengers and cargo in the pods, which will be accelerated gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. Using magnetic levitation the pod will lift off above the tracks and glide at super fast speeds due to the ultra-low aerodynamic drag.

“We’ve proven that our technology works, and we’re now ready to enter into discussions with partners, customers and governments around the world about the full commercialization of our Hyperloop technology,” said Hyperloop One chief executive Rob Lloyd. “We’re excited about the prospects and the reception we’ve received from governments around the world to help solve their mass transportation and infrastructure challenges.”

Its phase 1 tests were carried out last month and tested a small chassis and used 31m of the 305m of linear motor installed in the tube.

Summary of the tests

Phase 2 vs. Phase 1

  • Achieved 2.7 times faster speed (86m/s vs. 31m/s)
  • Went 4.5 times further in distance (437m vs. 96m)
  • 10 times longer propulsion segment (300m vs. 30m)
  • 3.5 times more power to the pod (3,151hp vs. 891hp)

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