Tesla boss Elon Musk’s Hyperloop One project has announced that it successfully tested a full version of the technology at its test track in Nevada.
Wired magazine reports that engineers watched a magnetically levitating test sled fire through a tube in near-vacuum, reaching 70 mph in just over five seconds.
But this is a fraction of the 700 mph Hyperloop One promises, but the report says what matters here is all the elements required to make hyperloop work, worked: propulsion, braking, and the levitation and vacuum systems that all but eliminate friction and air resistance so that pod shoots through the tube at maximum speed with minimal energy.
“This is integrating all of the pieces,” Josh Giegel, Hyperloop One’s engineering chief is quoted as saying. “It’s the first phase of a test programme that will get us to a production unit.”