According to sources, Virgin Hyperloop has made its first transportation of human passengers. The trip was made through a tunnel constructed under the Nevada Desert at 48 meters per second.
The test site, located in Las Vegas consists of a 500 meter DevLoop track that had a trial run of over 400 times with the pod unoccupied. This first ever, occupied test run carried Virgin Hyperloop staff members, Josh Geigel and Sara Luchian. They were both put in a custom 2-seat XP-2 pod that underwent significant safety checks to ensure that the system was secure prior to the demo.
Richard Branson stated that the “spirit of innovation” will completely change the way people “live, work and travel in years to come.” The pod was designed by Kilo Design & Bjarke Ingels Group. The exact same safety systems found on the XP-2 will also be reproduced on all commercial Hyperloop systems. The commercial version will be capable of seating 28 people & will be capable of traveling at 670-mph which will bring a passenger from LA to San Francisco in under 45 minutes.
Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop had this to say in a press release: “with today’s passenger testing, we have successfully [demonstrated] that not only can Virgin Hyperloop safely put a person in a pod in a vacuum environment, but that the company has a thoughtful approach to safety which has been validated by an independent third party.”
Josh Giegel had this to say as well: “Today, we took one giant leap toward that ultimate dream, not only for me, but for all of us who are looking towards a moonshot right here on Earth,”
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