Hyperloop One passenger module makes first successful flight

Can you hear, can you hear this sound? Shervin Pishevar, co-founder of the project, called it "the sound of the future." The source of the noise was the XP-1 capsule, which for only a few seconds slid in a pipe in the middle of the desert, somewhere between San Francisco and Los Angeles. But that was the first full-fledged flight of the Hyperloop One passenger module.

A pipe 500 m long, from which almost all the air can be pumped out, creating a low pressure, as at an altitude of 60 km above sea level, appeared in the desert quite recently. Last month, the Hyperloop One team began a series of "Phase 1" tests that included validation of basic systems: magnetic suspension, vacuum pumps, engine, and more. The result is positive.

So it's time for Phase 2, a test run through the tube of the passenger module. It is 8.7 m long, 2.7 m wide, 2.4 m high and is designed like a Formula 1 car - light but powerful and strong. The aluminum frame is hung with carbon fiber insulation panels and magnets for the maglev system, magnetic levitation. The train does not travel on rails, it literally flies inside the pipe.

The Phase 2 test was very short - the module accelerated to a speed of 310 km / h, but traveled only 300 m. Negligible for the planned Hyperloop One performance, a speed of 1200 km / h and flights over thousands of kilometers across entire continents. But just a great result at this stage - all systems worked almost perfectly and the Hyperloop One team takes natural congratulations on their success.

The next stage of work on the project is far from science and engineering; big trade begins. Since now the authors of the Hyperloop One project have something to show live to potential customers, it's time to start negotiating on the implementation of a full-scale transport system project. And there are more than enough interested persons - South Korea, Russia, Dubai, Finland, the Americans themselves. The time for great things has begun.