Hyperloop One Makes History with World's First Successful Hyperloop Full Systems Test

Back in April, News 4 first told you about the possibility of Missouri landing a Hyperloop transit system that would transport passengers from St. Louis to Kansas City in 23 minutes. Passengers will be loaded onto pods that will travel through a tube at 700 miles per hour, faster than the speed of a Boeing passenger jet. This test, however, only pushed 70 m.p.h.

Hyperloop co-founder Shervin Pishevar called the test "our Kitty Hawk moment" in an interview with CBS News.

In a press release, the company wrote: "Hyperloop One tested all the system's components, including its highly efficient motor, vehicle suspension, magnetic levitation, electromagnetic braking, vacuum pumping system and more, proving the full system's components operate successfully as a single integrated unit in a vacuum". Anything to avoid taking a plane.

Hyperloop One is one of the leading groups competing to make Elon Musk's open-sourced transportation idea a reality.

Hyperloop One will continue to run tests at DevLoop in the coming months to validate its next-generation components and software.

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That brings us to today's announcement: A video of the first full-scale test of the technology in a vacuum tube, which took place out in the Nevada desert.

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 Pishevar. "Hyperloop is real, and it's here now". You definitely shouldn't expect to see one of these high-speed tubes in the US anytime soon. Using electromagnetic propulsion and mag-lev technology, its created to carry both cargo and human passengers at near supersonic speeds.

Hyperloop One has also unveiled a prototype of the passenger and cargo pod that will eventually travel inside its tubes, seen in the picture at the top of the page. "Now that we've tested our Hyperloop system, we know it works, and we're ready to deploy it to the rest of the world".

In addition to reaching higher speeds, Hyperloop One has many other technical questions to address.

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