1027 GMT July 20, 2019
According to Reuters, Spokeswoman Marcy Simon said, “Hyperloop One, the Los-Angeles-based company developing the technology, is gearing up to send a 8.5 meter-long pod hurtling down a set of tracks in a test run in Nevada in the next few weeks.”
Hyperloop One is working to develop a technical vision proposed by Musk, the founder of rocket maker SpaceX and electric car company Tesla Motors.
In 2013, he suggested sending pods with passengers through giant vacuum tubes between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Hyperloop aims to achieve speeds of 402 km/h in its upcoming phase of testing.
As it gears up for that experiment, the company released the results from a May 12 test in the Nevada desert.
Simon said, “A Hyperloop One sled on wheels for the first time coasted above a track using magnets.”
The company said in a statement that it levitated for 5.3 seconds in a vacuum-sealed tube and reached speeds of 113 km/h.
By comparison, another test by Hyperloop One that made national headlines last year was done on an open-air track, not in the tube, a key to achieving high speeds.
Backers of the project envision the pods reaching speeds of 1,200 kilometers per hour, but skeptics say the hyperloop idea faces real-world challenges ranging from obtaining construction permits to making turns at jet speed.
Hyperloop One has raised $160m in funding and has touted the technology's potential as a rapid-transit option.
Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One, said, "Hyperloop One will move people and things faster than at any other time in the world.”