By now you may already know about the Hyperloop transport system which now called the transport system of the future by many. This article is about how a company is bringing us closer to this but if you want to know more about the Hyperloop system which was proposed and open sourced by Elon Musk in 2013, then click here to read our article on this. This system is capable of transporting humans at speeds of 700 miles per hour or 1,125 Km per hour. Now that’s some speed.
In a video published by Hyperloop One (the company behind the test), we could be seeing the Hyperloop even earlier than we planned. Hyperloop One was co-founded Brogan BamBrogan who himself was a SpaceX (Elon Musk’s company) propulsion engineer. But in a CNN Money video which I believe did a better job of explaining the concept to the public, A skeletal metal sled accelerated down a track at 2.5 times the force of gravity, hit 116 miles per hour, and crashed into a sand pit, sending a cloud of dust dramatically into the air.
“Down the hill, a control room of engineers counted down the launch. All employees cleared the track area, which was alive with 7,000 volts of electricity.
The 1,000-yard open-air track is just the first part of a larger test track that Hyperloop One is building here. Sections of giant empty tubes sit nearby, each 3.3 meters in diameter and branded with the Hyperloop One logo.
They’ll be used to build a 1.5 kilometer enclosed track. Then the company will start testing technology that will allow the sleds to levitate. Because the sleds will glide, passengers will only feel the initial acceleration, similar to the start of an airplane ride.
Hyperloop One’s ambitious plan is to start moving cargo by 2019, and carrying passengers by 2021. It recently announced partnerships with a number of well-known transportation companies around the world and is looking into locations for its first commercial track. “
The reality of this happening could change the face of transportation for a long time to come. As many startups begin to exploring the possibility, in the mean time, Hyperloop One has secured $80m in funding to develop the idea more. The currently have 150 employees and more startups across the developed world have signalled their interest to begin exploring this idea.