Hyperloop One is an American vehicle technology company that works to commercialize the high-speed travel vision called the Hyperloop, a variant of the vacuum train.
Hyperloop is the 5th generation traveling system that travels at very high speed. Kilo Design and Bjarke Ingels Group have designed the virgin hyperloop able to carry two passengers.
Its design features include luxury seats, a white floor, a white ceiling, and windows on both sides. From the outside, the hyperloop tube was looking like a big white pipe. Its six square-meter space interior was very quirky with a very low-pressure environment. Because of the low pressure, there is shorter air resistance, which allows high speed in the extreme. Most of the air was removed from it and can fill back up with air.
What exactly is Hyperloop?
The hyperloop system, which is expected to provide direct and on-demand transportation, is made up of vehicles called “pods”. That move in a near-vacuum tube at speeds of up to 670 mph (1080 km/h). The unique experience that arises from this new means of transportation prioritizes safety, comfort, and convenience.
One of the ways Virgin Hyperloop can attain such high speeds is by using magnetic levitation in conjunction with near-vacuum tunnels. As one might assume, multiple teams, are working together to assure the project’s success. From creating individual components to handling the control systems that levitate and steer the pods as they go down the tube.
How does It work?
Virgin Hyperloop uses a ‘near-vacuum’ environment within a tube, which enables high speeds, low power consumption, and almost completely removes aerodynamic drag. Inside the tube, battery-powered pods glide at speeds of up to 670mph. For passengers on board, it’s a comfortable, quiet and safe experience.
After successfully building the world’s first hyperloop test system, also Virgin Hyperloop is now focused on its commercial product. It has made changes to the design, moving levitation, power and propulsion onto the pod.
The levitation engines contain electromagnets that lift and guide the pod within the track, making it 10 times more efficient than the world’s fastest maglev trains.
Pods travel in convoys. Unlike trains, the pods are not connect, meaning each one can have a different destination. Pods take an exit similar to a highway off-ramp, while the rest of the convoy continues on its route.
With no moving parts on the track and levitation and guidance on the top of pods, they can switch directions at high speeds and join and leave convoys seamlessly.
These innovations not only allow pods to travel at ultra-fast speeds but also provide on-demand, direct-to-destination service. Hyperloop will carry tens of thousands of passengers per direction per hour at aeroplane speeds, with zero direct emissions.