Construction begins on first full-scale Hyperloop system
The first full-scale Hyperloop system moves closer to reality with delivery scheduled for the first set of tubes and passenger capsules in Toulouse…
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) has announced the arrival of the first set of tubes designed to move both people and freight to their research and development centre in Toulouse, France.
The system is optimised both for passenger capsules and shipping containers with an interior diameter of 4m. The first phase includes a closed 320m system that will be operational in 2018. In addition, a second full-scale system of 1km, elevated by pylons at a height of 5.8m, will be completed in 2019.
“Five years ago, we set out to solve transportation’s most pressing problems: efficiency, comfort and speed. We take an important step forward to begin to achieve that goal,” said HyperloopTT CEO, Dirk Ahlborn. “Hyperloop is more than just displays of rapid acceleration and more than just breaking speed records. The real opportunity is to create an efficient and safe system with an unparalleled passenger experience.”
Both systems are upgradeable and will be used by both HyperloopTT and partner companies. The full-scale passenger capsule, currently near completion at Carbures in Spain, is scheduled for delivery to the facility in summer 2018 for assembly and integration.
“Building in full-scale means we’re committed to innovation in the long-term,” said Bibop Gresta, HyperloopTT Chairman. “We’ve pioneered the technology, proved feasible and insurable by the world’s largest reinsurance company, Munich RE and have agreements in place in nine countries where we’re working on regulations. We have a research centre for freight and logistics in Brazil and a facility in Toulouse where we’ll deliver the first full-scale passenger capsule. Hyperloop is no longer a concept, it has become a commercial industry.”