Elon Musk's Hyperloop Secretly Completed Its First Successful Test Run

  • Elon Musk's Hyperloop Secretly Completed Its First Successful Test Run

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Secretly Completed Its First Successful Test Run

The sled levitated above the track for 5.3 seconds using magnetic levitation, reaching almost 2Gs of acceleration en route to the target speed of 70 miles per hour.

Hyperloop One, just one of several startups trying to build Elon Musk's Hyperloop, has notched up an important milestone, today announcing it has successfully tested its full-scale system for the first time.

As well as revealing the completed test, the company has also shared images of the new pods (above) that'll house passengers as they whiz through the tubes (via The Verge). Hyperloop co-founders Josh Giegel and Shervin Pishevar join "CBS This Morning" to discuss the process of making their idea a reality.

As the video shows, the pods will be propelled forward with an electric motor using magnetic-levitation (mag-lev) technology-the same tech that powers existing high-speed trains-but when the low-pressure environment is introduced in the tube, it decreases friction, allowing the pods to travel at very high speeds.

Just last month it unveiled plans for a London to Edinburgh route that would reach its destination in just 50 minutes.

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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".

The first test of the Hyperloop was done in the Nevada desert, and Missouri is one of 35 finalists for the new high-tech transportation system called a Hyperloop.

It was only about a year ago that Hyperloop One first demonstrated its propulsion technology in a three-second spectacle that was quickly slingshotted around the world on social media. Made of structural aluminum and a lightweight carbon fiber, the shell measures 28 feet long. The next phase of testing will showcase the Pod gliding along a longer track at faster speeds. It remains to be seen whether being zipped through a vacuum tube becomes as ubiquitous as flying one day, but with its first test the prospect seems a bit more real. Using electromagnetic propulsion and mag-lev technology, its created to carry both cargo and human passengers at near supersonic speeds.

The "Vision for America" includes connecting 35 cities nationwide with Hyperloop systems.