American transportation technology firm Virgin Hyperloop tested its first ride with humans but it won’t just be available for us commoners anytime soon. The high-speed vehicle ride provides unbelievable speeds in a vacuum, as high as 600 mph.
The said test, which took place at the DevLoop test track in the desert outside Las Vegas, Nevada, had Josh Giegel and Sara Luchian as the first two passengers. The pod, dubbed Pegasus, had the passengers were transferred into an airlock as the air inside the enclosed vacuum tube was removed. It then accelerated to a brisk 100 miles per hour or 160 km/h and then slowed down, eventually stopping.
Virgin Hyperloop was founded for echoing Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s concept of a transport system that would levitate pods traveling through nearly airless tubes, which achieves speeds of up to 760 mph, or 1,223 km/h.
Virgin Hyperloop Jay Walder, said to The Verge, “No one has done anything close to what we’re talking about right now. This is a full scale, working hyperloop that is not just going to run in a vacuum environment but is going to have a person in it. No one has come close to doing it.”
“This is not like some crazy, newfangled science fiction invention. This is something that reminds me of a place that I’ve been, nd I’ve used many times, that I would feel comfortable putting grandma in and sending her on a visit somewhere,” said Sara Luchian,who’s head of the passenger experience and one of the passengers to ride the white & red pod.
There will be hurdles if a commercial hyperloop system is built as Virgin Hyperloop needs to raise some $500 million for a test facility in West Virginia. The pods won’t reach 600mph, but the firm didn’t disclose how fast they would go.