Virgin Hyperloop executives Josh Giegel, its Chief Technology Officer, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, reached speeds of up to 107 miles per hour (172 km per hour) at the company’s DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Los Angeles-based Hyperloop envisions a future where floating pods packed with passengers and cargo hurtle through vacuum tubes at 600 miles an hour (966 kph) or faster.
In a hyperloop system, which uses magnetic levitation to allow near-silent travel, a trip between New York and Washington would take just 30 minutes. That would be twice as fast as a commercial jet flight and four times faster than a high-speed train.
The company has previously run over 400 tests without human passengers at the Nevada site.
Now the company is working toward safety certification by 2025 and commercial operations by 2030.
As we reported earlier, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine expressed perspectives on implementing Hyperloop in Ukraine.
“The scientists believe that the election opportunities, as well as opportunities for investment and the government benefits, would make the realization of the project HypeUA possible. The scientists estimate that Hyperloop can not only become a new type of transport but also encourage the development in other fields,” the report said.