Hyperloop One has completed its first closed-end test track, the DevLoop, in the desert near Las Vegas, Nevada. As a result, the development of the high-speed transport system in vacuum boilers will move into the next phase.
At the same time, the company announced the next steps of the design contest Hyperloop Global Challenge in the USA, where the first possible routes will be explored.
As the company is writing a press release, the DevLoop is now fully assembled and thus the first test track with the length of 500 meters, on which future prototypes of capsules can be used.
This allows the development of the magnetically floating rail vehicles to be advanced in the desert at Las Vegas – after an initial test of the outdoor engine systems last year, an important next step.
The routes proposed for the US in the course of the Hyperloop Global Challenge involve not only teams of planners, but sometimes even employees of state traffic authorities.
The longest would have a distance of 1152 miles from Cheyenne to Houston and would shorten transport times of 17 hours on the road to about an hour and 45 minutes. Until the time comes, however, it is likely that this will continue for years to decades – if the concept proves to be viable and economic at all.
The announcement of the test track construction in January is now underway as planned. The concept of super-rapid magnetic levitation paths in vacuum tubes has met with more and more resonance since the kickoff of Elon Musk in 2013 worldwide.
Even Lufthansa and DB are showing interest in the possibility of people and goods to bring faster and cheaper than by plane from A to B. Especially on the middle course, a well-developed tube system would probably be far superior to all previous transport means.