Following a competition that attracted 2,600 entries, U.S.-based Hyperloop One has selected 11 teams to compete, along with 24 previously selected groups, for three partner positions in the engineering & business development of transportation hyperloop projects.
The technology, according to Hyperloop One, involves loading passengers & cargo into a pod & accelerating the pod gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation & glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.
p>Hyperloop transportation is another idea from Tesla founder Elon Musk, who has his own startup, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, moreover working on a hyperloop system. The idea moreover has attracted the attention of President Donald Trump. In a meeting with executives last month, the president specifically asked for more information approximately the Hyperloop. Musk is a member of the president’s business advisory group.
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In addition to the 11 projects selected for further scrutiny, Hyperloop One moreover announced the completion of its 1,640-foot full-scale testing facility in the desert near Las Vegas. The facility will be used to test & evaluate levitation, propulsion, vehicle control & vacuum pressurization technologies before a commercial project is launched.
The 11 route proposals being considered for further development are shown in the following table from Hyperloop.
Hyperloop One’s executive chairman, Shervin Pishevar, said:
The U.S. has always been a global innovation vanguard – driving advancements in computing, communication & media to rail, automobiles & aeronautics. Now, with Hyperloop One, we are on the brink of the first tremendous breakthrough in transportation technology of the 21st century, eliminating the barriers of time & distance & unlocking vast economic opportunities.
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Although Hyperloop One did not announce a timetable for selecting the winners, the company did say that it expects to have 500 engineers, fabricators, scientists & other employees on board by the end of the year.
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Source: “24/7 Wall St.”