In the desert of the US state of Nevada, the hyperloop of the Virgin company has transported passengers for the first time. Two employees of billionaire Richard Branson’s company covered 500 meters in about 15 seconds.
According to the BBC, the hover train reached a top speed of 172 kilometers per hour. That is a fraction of the dream speed of the new transport system: approximately 1000 kilometers per hour.
In the hyperloop, a capsule flies through a tube that has been almost vacuumed. Due to the low air resistance, the capsule can reach high speeds. In addition, the gondola floats on a magnetic field, so that there is no friction. Weather conditions also play no role.
Virgin speaks in a press release of a “historic day” in transportation history. “With today’s successful test, we have shown that this drive to innovate will change the way people work, live and travel in the years to come,” said Branson.
The first passenger test with Virgin’s hyperloop: