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The Hyperloop Completed an IRL Test Run ... Sort Of

The Hyperloop Completed an IRL Test Run ... Sort Of

That's faster than a Boeing passenger jet, as CBS pointed out. "Hyperloop is real, and it's here now", said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One.

The goal of this first test was not to achieve record-breaking speeds, but to simulate the conditions of an aircraft flying at 200,000 feet.

Hyperloop One also announced on Wednesday that it has built a prototype pod created to carry people or cargo through the systems low-pressure tubes.

Just last month it unveiled plans for a London to Edinburgh route that would reach its destination in just 50 minutes.

And Hyperloop One does seem to be making some solid progress.

However, the Hyperloop One system only managed to reach a top speed of 70 miles per hour (112kmph), which is still a long way off from the "conceptual" speeds of 750mph (1,200kmph) promised by Musk - but it is a start.

Hyperloop One's XP-1 vehicle being prepared for testing in Nevada

The vacuum tube-based system saw its first successful launch at the the company's "Devloop" (short for development loop) test tube near Las Vegas, Nevada on May 12.

"In this historic moment, Hyperloop One tested all the system's components, including its highly efficient motor, vehicle suspension, magnetic levitation, electromagnetic braking, vacuum pumping system and more, proving the full system's components operate successfully as a single integrated unit in a vacuum", Hyperloop said.

Hyperloop's current pod is 28 feet long and is built from aluminum and carbon fiber, according to The Verge. Hyperloop's first trial was successful in demonstrating that the same effect could be achieved using vacuum tubes. Musk didn't have the bandwidth to take on the project - apparently getting the world off fossil fuels and colonizing Mars is time consuming - but he thought it'd be a faster and cheaper alternative to California's high-speed rail project.

No windows, because you'll be riding in a vacuum tube where there's nothing to see.

Boring broke ground on an underground tunnel in the Los Angeles area and is in talks to make one in Chicago, both of which could utilize Hyperloop technology to propel electric sleds through the tunnels.

The "Vision for America" includes connecting 35 cities nationwide with Hyperloop systems.