Earlier, we’ve written about Hyperloop – an experimental vacuum train that travels in special tubes super quickly. During the latest test, the new transportation system showed great results – 323kmh. Now, they are even better – Hyperloop managed to beat the previous speed record. Now, the Hyperloop train with capsules placed in a vacuum transport tunnel accelerates to 355kmh.
Experts believe that the time when the Hyperloop, designed to reduce travel time for passengers and cargo, will manage to reach speeds of up to 1000kmh. This presumption is based on the fact that the new record was set from a static start even without accelerating.
The idea of the new transportation system was first proposed in 2013 by the CEO of Tesla Elon Musk. He believes that improving the track can bring the speed of the capsules up to 500kmh already in September 2017. Plus, the tests showed that the train can reach a speed close to the maximum that the existing ground transportation is capable of.
The concept of the vacuum train Hyperloop provides for the use of cargo-passenger capsules moving through tubes with very low pressure inside. In theory, this allows the capsules to reach speeds of 1200kmh. At the end of last year, the UAE authorities announced that the Hyperloop transport system would connect Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai by 2020.
via BBC News