Hyperloop system ready to discuss ‘commercialisation’ as it achieves record speeds

Credit: Hyperloop One.
Credit: Hyperloop One.

Progress on the world’s first operational Hyperloop system has continued after achieving historic speeds.

Following phase one tests in May, Hyperloop One has increased speeds from 69mph to 193mph during phase two tests, which were carried out on July 29.

The second phase saw all the system’s components successfully tested in a tube, which was depressurised to the equivalent of being 200,000ft above sea level.

As well as the electric motor, advanced controls, power electronics, magnetic levitation and guidance, pod suspension and the vacuum system were tested.

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The system’s Hyperloop One XP-1 pod accelerated for 300m and glided above the track using magnetic levitation. It then braked and came to a gradual stop on the 500m track in the Nevada desert.

Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd said: “We’ve proven that our technology works, and we’re now ready to enter into discussions with partners, customers and governments around the world about the full commercialization of our Hyperloop technology.

“We’re excited about the prospects and the reception we’ve received from governments around the world to help solve their mass transportation and infrastructure challenges.”

Watch a recap of phase two testing below.

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