Hyperloop One reveals full-size prototype of its shiny new pod design

Hyperloop One reveals full-size prototype of its shiny new pod design

Josh Giegel, the co-founder of Hyperloop One, said: "We're looking forward to showcasing our technology and believe that Europe is the flawless region for one of the world's first Hyperloop systems". It appears the Hyperloop One company has managed to take Elon Musk's idea the furthest.

He claimed the hyperloop will one day become the cleanest, fastest, and safest form of transportation in the world. While it has still got considerable work to do before it fires passenger pods through tubes at supersonic speeds, it was able to levitate the moving test vehicle over the track in what it describes as its "Kitty Hawk" moment.

"Made of structural aluminum and a lightweight carbon fiber, the shell measures 28 feet long", Hyperloop One writes. Slowly but surely, the pods should reach breakneck speeds necessary to make the commute from San Francisco to Los Angeles in only 30 minutes.

The vacuum tube-based system saw its first successful launch at the the company's "Devloop" (short for development loop) test tube near Las Vegas, Nevada on May 12.

The company is now entering the next phase of testing with the goal of reaching 250 miles per hour.

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Hyperloops use magnetic rails and a train that runs inside a tube with little or no air.

Hyperloop One conducted the first full-scale system test (via The Verge), achieving full vacuum conditions in its closed tube environment with a test pod that's the actual size of what it envisions for its production systems.

"For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced", said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One. Hyperloop's first trial was successful in demonstrating that the same effect could be achieved using vacuum tubes.

"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. Its created to carry both cargo and human passengers, Hyperloop One says. The trip was barely more than five seconds long, but the Hyperloop One team - resembling a scene out of a space launch - were happy to see it go off without a hitch.

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