Hyperloop One finally has a real test track

  • Firing the vacuum pump for the first time. Image credit: Hyperloop One
Date:9 March 2017 Tags:, ,

Hyperloop One, one of a few outfits rushing to build Elon Musk’s tube transport creation, has had its own share of ups and very strange downs. But the company is finally revealing its Nevada hyperloop test site where it will (hopefully) construct the future of transportation.

By Darren Orf

Called the DevLoop, the track is 500 meters long and the constructed tubes are 3.3 meters (almost 11 feet) wide. The images were released during Middle East Rail, a transportation conference held in Dubai that brings together companies, engineers, and contractors to discuss the future of transportation. Hyperloop One expects to hold a public test in the first half of 2017 on its new test track only 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas. These images come only 10 months after the company publicly tested the hyperloop’s propulsion system.

Hyperloop One isn’t the only company in the running for creating our tube-based transportation future. Several universities, including MIT, Delft University, and the Technical University of Munich, have created hyperloop concepts, and other companies like Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has even spoken with central European countries, agreeing to build hyperloop systems. Even Elon Musk recently announced a new boring company, a technology that could potentially be used to create hyperloop tunnels.

But the Hyperloop One track would be a first for a complete test of the system, including the actual vacuum tube and all. After four years, the hyperloop might finally become much more than just hype.


Video credit: Hyperloop One



This article was originally written for and published by Popular Mechanics USA.

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