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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.

The Hyperloop Levitation Rig (courtesy of Hyperloop Technologies Inc.)

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.

Artist's impression of passengers boarding Hyperloop (courtesy of Hyperloop Technologies Inc.)

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.


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