Hyperloop One finishes first phase of testing

Hyperloop One has privately conducted the first tests for its low resistance transport system in full vacuum conditions, Machine Design reports.

The tests, which were carried out at low speeds on 12 May, were designed to validate the mag-lev technology and tube vacuum conditions.

A bare sled was sent along the company’s DevLoop electromagnetic track, located in the Nevada desert. The sled reached 70mph and 2Gs acceleration as it travelled 500 metres in 5.3 seconds.

The technology works by the vacuum environment minimising resistance, while the electromagnetic propulsion and magnetic levitation technology allow the sled to levitate on the track.

Hyperloop One co-founder and executive chairman, Shervin Pishevar, explained: “Hyperloop One has accomplished what no one has done before by successfully testing the first full scale Hyperloop system. By achieving full vacuum, we essentially invented our own sky in a tube, as if you’re flying at 200,000 feet in the air.

“For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced.”

Alongside its announcement, the company also revealed its first pod prototype, which is 28 feet in length and is made out of aluminium and carbon fibre. The company noted it has a high strength to weight ratio.

In order to validate the pod’s linear induction motor, suspension, magnetic levitation technology and electromagnetic braking, Hyperloop One will continue testing.

While the company has not yet announced when it will be conducting the Phase 2 tests, it did reveal that the next phase will involve target speeds of 250mph and will continue testing the software and the proprietary vacuum pumping system.