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Hyperloop One shows off its high-speed propulsion system

Engadget Engadget 11/05/2016 Roberto Baldwin
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North of Las Vegas in the Nevada desert, Hyperloop One is taking a gamble. Specifically, a gamble that flew along a test track and ended in a spray of sand and applause. The company has been working on creating a propulsion system and pods based on a mass-transportation white paper by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Today it tested one of those systems, with co-founder Shervin Peshvar calling it the company's "Kitty Hawk preview."

Slow-mo of HyperloopOne test

A video posted by Roberto Baldwin (@strngwys) on May 11, 2016 at 11:15am PDT

The sled accelerated with a force of approximately 2.5 Gs before ending its short run in a sand pit. The next public test should be less dusty. CTO Brogan BamBrogan said that Hyperloop One is hoping to have a quarter-mile full-scale track within a series of tubes by the end of 2016.

While today's test was indeed impressive, the finished product is expected to hit over 700 miles per hour.


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