In the desert north of Las Vegas, there is a long white metal tube at the base of the mountains. This tube promises to revolutionize travel one day.
This is where Virgin Hyperloop, a company that is developing passenger capsule technology, will be launched at speeds of up to 750 miles per hour (1,200 km / h) through virtually airless tunnels using magnetic levitation.
“You won’t even have turbulence because our system is basically fully capable of responding to all of those disruptions,” says co-founder and CEO Josh Jijel, as he tours the capsule used in the test run last November as it was propelled along a 500-meter (1,640-foot) tunnel. . Think about canceling the noise but canceling the vibrations, if you will. ”
Jijel added that the off-white materials and the rear mirror make the capsule appear larger and more “attractive” to new users.
He continued, “This capsule was a true embodiment of an imaginary idea that turned into a real and possible means of travel.” Each capsule accommodates 28 passengers and can be customized for long and short distances as well as freight services.
While the project is still in its early stages, Jijel expects commercial operations with the magnetic capsules to begin early in 2027.
He said that this would revolutionize the world of transportation for the first time in 100 years, just as it has happened with cars, trains and airplanes.
How did the idea arise?
Rocket scientist Robert Goddard pioneered the idea of ”Vactrain” in the early twentieth century.
France attempted to develop the Aerotrain in the 1960s and 1970s, but a lack of funding led to the project’s end.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk revived interest in him in 2013 by defining how a modern system works, and Jijel, who worked for Musk’s SpaceX at the time, says the technology is now catching up.
He added that the required batteries, power electronics and some sensors were previously not fully ready.
He continued: Virgin Hyperloop is first looking to develop passenger routes in India through its capsules, as the transportation system is overloaded there. As for Saudi Arabia, the project will be within the interests of the Ministry of Transport, which signed a contract with Virgin Hyperloop One in 2020, for a preliminary study on the use of hyper technology. Loeb in the field of transporting passengers and goods in the Kingdom, conducting joint research in the science and technology of hyperloop and exchanging technical visits to officials and specialists in the field of transport, as part of the objectives of the Ministry of Transport for future planning of modern transportation systems, and attracting modern technology to facilitate and provide several smart modes of transportation.
“It starts with two people riding a hyperloop,” said Jijel. Hundreds of millions of people end up, and this is what it will be like in the coming years, before we even reach 2030. ”