Hyperloop One announced on Wednesday it successfully conducted its first full-system test. The company also revealed its “Pod” prototype that will transport passengers and cargo in the tube.
The test was conducted on May 12 at the DevLoop testing site, located in the Nevada Desert 30 minutes away from Las Vegas.
"Hyperloop One has accomplished what no one has done before by successfully testing the first full scale Hyperloop system,” Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Hyperloop One said in a statement.
The vehicle “coasted” above the track for 5.3 seconds using “magnetic levitation.” The hyperloop vehicle pulled 2 Gs while running 70 mph, Phase 1’s target speed. For the next round of testing, the vehicle will have a target speed of 250 mph.
Hyperloop One released a video of the test:
“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,” said Pishevar. “For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced.”
The full system trial tested the motor, vehicle suspension, magnetic levitation, electromagnetic braking, vacuum pumping system and more, showing the components successfully work as “a single integrated unit in a vacuum.”
The company also released images of its Pod prototype, which measures 28 feet long.
The pod uses electromagnetic propulsion and magnetic levitation. Hyperloop One will continue to test its system at DevLoop in the coming months, the company said. The next testing phase will feature the Pod gliding along a longer track at faster speeds.
"Hyperloop One will move people and things faster than at any other time in the world," said Pishevar. "With Hyperloop One, the world will be cleaner, safer and faster. It's going to make the world a lot more efficient and will impact the ways our cities work, where we live and where we work. We'll be able to move between cities as if cities themselves are metro stops."
The test tube at DevLoop is in preparation for the installation of the commercial tube that will connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi, about a 100 mile stretch, in just 12 minutes. The tube at the DevLoop weighs more than one million kilograms, is 500 meters long and has a diameter of 3.3 meters. Trips with the tube between major cities in the Gulf region could take less than an hour with the Hyperloop system.
Hyperloop One plans to transport cargo using the tube by 2020 and passengers by 2021, according to its website. The concept was first introduced by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who went to found the Boring Company. The project aims to create a vast network of tunnels for car transportation.