Are you dreaming of travelling freely across cities within minutes? The presence of the Hyperloop test tracks is proof that your dreams will come true soon. All you have to do is follow up on every successful test they run.
Hyperloop was Elon Musk’s dream, which has now become a hope for millions to live at one place and work at another. It can only be made possible with technology like Hyperloop – that can make you travel from one city to another within half an hour.
At present, going from one extreme of a city to another also takes an hour or more. This is obviously due to traffic and congestion.
Now, any new technology has to try and tested several times before it’s out in the market. So, where would you test the speed of a pod travelling through a partial vacuum tube?
Following the 3 places where the current test tracks are located:
- Nevada by Virgin Hyperloop One
- Hawthorne, outside SpaceX’s headquarters by Elon Musk
- Toulouse, France by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
DevLoop: The First Hyperloop Test Track in the World
DevLoop stands for Development Loop that was made by Hyperloop One in 2017. Built by more than 150 engineers, this tube initially ran an engine at a speed of 70 mph in 5 seconds.
The test has taken place with the engine running through the tube using very little energy. The tube is about 500 metres long. Following are the different speeds achieved by the test track:
- May 12, 2017: 70 mph
- July 29, 2017: 190 mph
- Dec 15, 2017: 240 mph
Hyperloop Pod Competition by SpaceX
SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company organizes the Hyperloop Pod competition every year since 2017. As of now, there have been 4 competitions delivering the following speeds:
- January 2017: 57.8 mph
- August 2017: 201 mph
- 2018: 284 mph
- 2019: 288 mph
Test Track Developed by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
About 320 metres long and 4 metres in diameter, HTT has built Europe’s first test track in Toulouse, France. This will be extended to 1 km later in 2020.
However, before that, this company plans on running its test with passengers inside the pod! The capsule, made in Spain has already arrived.
Their goal is to run the capsule at a speed of 760 mph, which is greater than the desired speed of 700 mph.
The Upcoming Hyperloop Test Track at Saudi Arabia
The longest test track in the world is yet to be made – a 35 km long track in north Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Another initiative by Virgin Hyperloop One, this project will lead the country to 2030. Travelling at a speed of 670 mph, the Hyperloop pods will not only reduce travel time in Saudi but all across GCC (Gulf Corporation Council).
This means the Hyperloop tube will be connecting Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain and Oman with Saudi Arabia. Currently, it takes 8.5 hours to travel from Riyadh to Abu Dhabi. With Hyperloop connectivity, it will take only 48 minutes!
Hyperloop is currently at its testing stage in the world. according to the latest reports, it should be running smoothly by 2029 in most of the planned cities and countries.
We are waiting for 2 things coming up in 2020:
- The Hyperloop test conducted with passengers by HTT in France, and
- Development of the test track in Saudi Arabia.
Do you see the future of travel 10 years from here?