Hyperloop secures US open-air test site
09 December 2015
Hyperloop Technologies is to locate its Propulsion Open Air Test (POAT) on a 50 acre site it has secured in the City of North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hyperloop is a transportation system in which a full-length tube is built between destinations, with a controlled environment inside the tube allowing people or cargo to travel at extremely high speeds.
The Propulsion Open Air Test will occur on a track of approximately 1km where the custom-designed linear electric motor will be tested at speeds of 540km/h. The Hyperloop technical team, led by CTO and co-founder Brogan BamBrogan, is pioneering a number of innovations, including advancements in propulsion, tube design and fabrication, levitation systems, pod designs and thermodynamics and systems engineering.
Securing the location is described by the company as a critical first step towards the full Hyperloop system test. Hyperloop is in the final stages of site selection for the location of a Safety, Development and Test site where Hyperloop will construct a 3km full-scale, full speed prototype. The company is preparing to have this site fully operational in late 2016/early 2017, as part of its goal to deliver a commercially viable, fully operational Hyperloop system by 2020.
The top picture shows the Hyperloop Levitation Rig, a test stand designed, fabricated and built by the Hyperloop team. It is housed in an 18 cubic metre environmental chamber that is capable of achieving vacuum down to 1/1000 of atmospheric pressure. The rotor achieves surface speeds in excess of 300m/s. These speeds are necessary to simulate Hyperloop’s levitation systems that will be adapted for use on the Hyperpod.