See what it looks like to go 240 mph in a hyperloop.
Just last week, Virgin Hyperloop One set a new speed record , reaching 240 miles per hour. When first tested, Hyperloop reached 69 miles per hour according to ZDNet. During its second trial run in August, they had reached a speed of 192 miles per hour. Now on it’s third trial 4 months later, it has increased another 48 miles per hour.
The speed test took place at the DevLoop track which is just north of Las Vegas in the Nevada desert. The 28 foot long pod being tested was put into the concrete test tube measuring 1,600 feet long. A new airlock system created and maintained was used to keep air pressure that is experienced at 200,000 feet above see level. The electric magnetic levitation allowed the pod to hover above the test track allowing it to glide without friction and also using less energy.
The pod had hit top speed within seconds, beating the previous existing speed of 220 miles per hour set by Elon Musk in the summer.
Virgin Hyperloop One is one of many companies trying to bring the hyperloop concept to life. Virgin Hyperloop One is one of the leading companies of the industry trying to turn something that was once a fantasy into reality. The company was originally named Hyperloop One before partnering with Virgin America this past October. The company recently announced that the chairman would be Rich Branson. They also announced there has been an additional $50 million raised, which bring the total amount raised to $295 million since being founded in 2014.
“The recent phase three testing continues to prove the incredible persistence and determination of our DevLoop team—the close to 200 engineers, machinists, welders, and fabricators who collaborated to make hyperloop a reality today,” Virgin Hyperloop One’s co-founder, Josh Giegel, said during the press release. “The continued support from our existing investors Caspian Venture Capital and DP World highlight their adamant belief in our ability to execute.”
Hyperloop One has other projects underway in a number of countries including Canada, UAE, India and the Netherlands. The company announced in June the potential for nine European routes which would span 5,000 km, connecting 75 million people in 44 cities. Cutting down travel time so drastically would revolutionize transportation everywhere. Not only would you get from destination to destination faster, it may be a safer method as the company is using best safety practices from all around.
The company has said that it plans to have three Hyperloop systems completed and in service by 2021.