The company Hyperloop One has confirmed the completion of a 500 meter long test track, the construction of which was undertaken in the United States, in the Nevada desert. This aims to conduct new tests with regard to this means of transport of the future.
This famous track bearing the name of DevLoop and whose work began in October 2016 is now complete. Half a kilometer long, it aims to begin numerous tests relating to a full-size Hyperloop prototype. Propulsion with magnetic levitation and vacuuming of the tubes are on the program.
Last year, Hyperloop One had already shown the seriousness of the project by demonstrating part of its propulsion system using a sort of sled fixed on metal pads and circulating in the open air. With this new track, it is a question of entering the development of the whole of this device which should be finalized for 2020 according to the designers.
Beyond the announcement made regarding the new track, Hyperloop One launched a public consultation relating to eleven lines proposed to be deployed on American soil in order to connect 35 states between them. Some examples of lines: Miami – Orlando, Los Angeles – San Diego, or Seattle – Portland. The longest line proposed is that going from Houston to Cheyenne with its 1850 km. Other areas of the globe that have shown interest are also the subject of feasibility studies, such as Russia, Finland and the emirate of Dubai.
It turns out that Hyperloop One is the most important of the start-ups working for this means of transport of the future. For example, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has just launched the manufacture of a capsule 30 meters long with the capacity to transport up to 40 passengers and it will be assembled in France. Elon Musk was the first to talk about Hyperloop and his company Space X has just selected three different capsule projects developed by universities. Alumni of Hyperloop One have also set up the start-up Arrivo and now have their own project like the Canadian company TransPod.
Sources: Futura Sciences – Digital