Hyperloop One went from being a concept to a reality after the team successfully completed a test run this week. On July 12, a full-scale version of the super-fast transportation system was tested at the company’s DevLoop test track in Nevada for the very first time. Also Read - IIT Madras, Indian Railways collaborate to develop India’s first Indigenous hyperloopAlso Read - Technology should be used for good of society: Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra at IIT Hyderabad
The first trial was carried out on an actual size passenger pod installed above the track using magnetic levitation technology. What seemed impossible until now, gives a sneak peek into the future of transportation system. In a video released by Hyperloop One capturing moments the before and post-trial run, shows how in about five seconds the levitated pod gained velocity. As per the team, the pod successfully achieved the test’s target speed of 70 mph in five seconds.
However, the first test completion intends that the pod can now be pushed to gain a 250mph velocity in the second phase of the test. Describing the first test run, the transportation company in a blog post said, “There was a half-second delay. A clench in the throat. Then, sure enough, the sled shot off down the track, chased by the electromagnetic force from the stator. 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.” ALSO READ: Hyperloop One to bring super fast transportation tech to India: Opportunities and challenges
For the uninitiated, Hyperloop One is high-speed tube transportation system with a 28-foot-long aerodynamic pod. It utilizes principles of electromagnetic propulsion and magnetic levitation or also called the ‘maglev’. Watch the video below: