Hyperloop One – a new transportation system that could revolutionise how people and cargo move around the world – has completed its second phase of testing, with a 2.7 times faster speed.
As the only company in the world that has built an operational Hyperloop system, Hyperloop One continues to make history with the successful completion of its second phase of testing. On 29th July, they completed Phase 2, achieving higher test speeds and travelling nearly the full distance of the 500-metre DevLoop track in the Nevada desert. The XP-1, the company's first-generation pod, accelerated for 300 metres and glided above the track using magnetic levitation before braking and coming to a gradual stop.
"This is the beginning, and the dawn of a new era of transportation," said Shervin Pishevar, Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Hyperloop One. "We've reached historic speeds of 310 km an hour, and we're excited to finally show the world the XP-1 going into the Hyperloop One tube. When you hear the sound of the Hyperloop One, you hear the sound of the future."
During phase 2, Hyperloop One achieved record speeds, in a tube depressurised down to the equivalent of air at 38 miles (61 km) above sea level. All components of the system were successfully tested – including the highly efficient electric motor, advanced controls and power electronics, custom magnetic levitation and guidance, pod suspension and vacuum system.
With Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod, and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.
This latest test reached 192 mph (310 km/h), using only 300 metres of stator for propulsion. With an additional 2,000 metres of stator, the team believes it will eventually be possible to reach 700 mph (1,126 km/h). For comparison, the fastest passenger trains currently operational in the United States are the Acela Express (reaching 150 mph) and the Northeast Regional (125 mph).
"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 commercialisation of our Hyperloop technology," said Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd. "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."
"Our team of engineers continues to make history at DevLoop. Only a handful of teams would have attempted something so audacious, while far less could have achieved it," said Josh Giegel, President of Engineering and Co-founder of Hyperloop One. "Through tireless preparation, dedication and hard work, we successfully completed Phase 1, proving that Hyperloop One technology works and that Hyperloop is real. Phase 2 was far more difficult as we built upon everything we learned from our initial test and accomplished faster speeds at a farther distance. We're now one step closer to deploying Hyperloop around the world."
Phase 2 vs. Phase 1
Achieved 2.7x faster speed (192 mph vs. 69 mph)
Went 4.5x farther distance (1,433 feet vs. 315 feet)