Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan has announced a test site for the Hyperloop ultra-fast transport system designed by Elon Musk will be built in Dnipro (Eastern Ukraine).
“We are now setting up a hub for transport innovations”, he said at a briefing on Thursday, UNIAN reports. According to Volodymyr Omelyan, that company is going to be called Hype.ua.
“We count on the revitalization of our technology. High-speed railways moving at 250-300 km/h are a thing of the past with the development of Hyperloop,” the minister said.
The site for testing this kind of transport will be built in Dnipro with the support of partners currently working on Hyperloop in Mexico. The Academy of Sciences, Yuzhmash, Ukroboronprom, Unit City, Interpipe and the Innovation Development Platform have all joined the project.
According to the CEO of Yuzhmash, members of the working group have spoken to the founder of Hyperloop One, Elon Musk. Nonetheless, the company engaged in the construction of Hyperloop in Mexico is going to take a more active part in the construction of the Ukrainian site – it will advise the working group of the center for transport innovations.
Hyperloop is a proposed kind of passenger and/or freight transportation, first used to describe an open-source vactrain design released by a joint team from Tesla and SpaceX. Hyperloop comprises a sealed tube or system of tubes through which a pod may travel free of air resistance or friction conveying people or items at high speed in an extremely efficient manner.