Over the last couple of years we have heard some rumours, most talks of fantasy, about the super fast hyperloop transport system. Now though, the race to get passengers commuting at speeds of around 1,126 km/h (700 mph) is well and truly on.
Hyperloop Technologies has announced that it will begin testing technology based around Elon Musk’s proposed Hyperloop transport system on an open-air track in Nevada next month. The build will officially start before the end of the year and the company is calling the project – “Propulsion Open Air Test”. A one-kilometre track and test vehicle will be used to trial the company’s linear electric motor as it aims to hit 540 km/h in two seconds.
Hyperloop Technologies aren’t alone in the race. Other companies are also trying their hand to be the first to develop a rapid transport system. These include the confusingly-named Hyperloop Transportation Technologies ““ a startup formed in 2013 that’s developing a five-mile test track in Quay Valley, California ““ and Musk’s own SpaceX, which is currently building a one-mile test track near its Hawthorne, California headquarters.
Now that physical construction has started on most of these projects we won’t have to wait long to hear how they are progressing as thery try to outdo one another. Stay tuned for future updates as and when they arrive.
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