Virgin Hyperloop has completed the world’s first passenger flight via its floating high-speed capsule system, the company said Sunday, which is a major safety test of a technology that will hopefully change the way people and goods are transported.
Presumably, years will pass before the public can take a high-speed flight through the hyperloop or wind tunnel system through which the capsule can be transported without air resistance or friction at speeds of up to 600 miles per hour.
The company said: Virgin Hyperloop executives, Josh Giegel, chief technology officer, and Sarah Luchian, passenger experience director, have reached speeds of 107 miles per hour (172 kilometers per hour). At the company’s DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and CEO of DP World, said: “It has been a pleasure to see history being made before my eyes.
Virgin Hyperloop’s system includes a magnetic lift, much like it was used on advanced high-speed rail projects in Japan and Germany.
The Virgin Hyperloop compartment reached only 100 mph on the track, instead of the 600 mph (966 km / h) long promised by the Hyperloop advocates.
The company says: Its track is 500 meters long, which limits the speed at which the capsule can travel.
Company executives view the test as a milestone and a step toward commercializing the hyperloop.
The trip between New York and Washington is supposed to take only 30 minutes via the Hyperloop system, which means that it will be twice as fast as a commercial flight, and it is four times faster than a high-speed train trip.
he company previously conducted more than 400 tests without human passengers at the Nevada site, and the company said it is working towards safety certification by 2025 and commercial operations by 2030.
Virgin Hyperloop was founded under the name Hyperloop Technologies in 2014, Richard Branson joined its board of directors in 2017, and the company name was changed after that.