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Elon Musk's Hyperloop Secretly Completed Its First Successful Test Run

13 July 2017, 01:08 | Ignacio Smith

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Secretly Completed Its First Successful Test Run

Hyperloop inches closer to reality successfully completes first full system test

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One, one of the companies looking to bring Elon Musks's concept of a high-speed transportation system to life, said today that it has completed what it say is its first, full systems Hyperloop test in a vacuum environment. For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced.

The goal of this first test was not to achieve record-breaking speeds, but to simulate the conditions of an aircraft flying at 200,000 feet.

He claimed the hyperloop will one day become the cleanest, fastest, and safest form of transportation in the world. The sled was able to magnetically levitate on the track for 5.3 seconds and "reached almost 2Gs of acceleration", according to the company.

The next goal for the 1640-foot test track and Hyperloop One is to achieve greater speeds, with an interim target of hitting 250 miles per hour along the stretch.

"The wheel mounts rumbled along for a second, and then the rumbling stopped as the pod lifted off the track and glided for 3 seconds before coming to a halt on its own", Hyperloop said in a post on its website this week. "Hyperloop is real, and it's here now".

Hyperloop One's XP-1 vehicle being prepared for testing in Nevada

And while that's not the lighting-fast speed that Hyperloop Ones says it's futurist transport system could go, the company says this test-conducted privately on May 12-is only Phase 1.

"Our team is the only team that is actually making Hyperloop happen, and we've spent more time testing a Hyperloop system than anyone in the world", said Josh Giegel, co-founder and President of Engineering of Hyperloop One.

The new pod design also demonstrates Hyperloop One's quick progression towards building a complete full-scale prototype.

Hyperloop One was created as an answer to a challenge from Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who wrote a white paper envisioning a mode of transportation that would send pods at speeds greater than 700mph using a low-friction environment and levitation using air bearings.

In this historic moment, Hyperloop One tested all the system's components, including its highly efficient motor, vehicle suspension, magnetic levitation, electromagnetic braking, vacuum pumping system and more, proving the full system's components operate successfully as a single integrated unit in a vacuum.

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