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03 August 2017

Hyperloop One Hits Top Speed of 192 at DevLoop Test Track

Hyperloop One finished the second phase of testing its capsule gliding through tubes using magnetic levitation — and making huge gains over the first phase.

Conducted July 29 at the DevLoop test track in the Nevada desert, the Hyperloop One XP-1 was able to reach 192 mph; that compares with the top speed of 69 mph in the first test run. The pod was able to go four-and-a-half times the distance traveled — 1,433 feet versus 315 feet the first time.

The XP-1 was able to accelerate for 300 meters. It glided above the track using magnetic levitation before braking and coming to a gradual stop.

The startup transport company, inspired by Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s challenge, carried out the first demonstration on May 12.

That was the day the pod moved through the vacuum-sealed tube for the first time. It was able to be suspended for 5.3 seconds in the tube and reached a top speed close to 70 mph.

The company is gaining interest from governments around the world as a possible solution to urban congestion and the need for better mass transit services. Successfully completing phase two brings the company one step further in deploying the technology around the world.

“We’ve proven that our technology works, and we’re now ready to enter into discussions with partners, customers and governments around the world about the full commercialization of our Hyperloop technology,” said Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd.

“We’re excited about the prospects and the reception we’ve received from governments around the world to help solve their mass transportation and infrastructure challenges,” he said.

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During phase 2, components of the system were successfully tested. That included the electric motor, advanced controls and power electronics, custom magnetic levitation and guidance, pod suspension, and vacuum system.

Along with mag-lev, the pod will be able to go long distances using ultra-low magnetic drag. Passengers and cargo can be loaded into a pod and achieve acceleration gradually through electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube.

The goal is to one day reach 750 mph. Phase three is expected to reach 250 mph.

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