Hyperloop One announced the successful completion of its second phase testing. The Hyperloop One XP-1 achieved a new record speed of 192 mph or 310 kmph traveling the distance of 300 meters during phase 2 testing.
The company successfully tested the first-generation Hyperloop One XP-1 passenger pod on August 02, 2017 at DevLoop test track in the Nevada desert. The pod accelerated for over 300 meters gliding above the track using magnetic levitation just before the brakes kicked and it came to a gradual stop.
Hyperloop One achieved record speeds in this test. The tube was depressurized down to the equivalent of air pressure at 200,000 feet above sea level. Earlier, in the first phase back in May, it had achieved a speed of just 69 mph. Now, it has achieved 2.7x faster speed recorded at 192 mph.
This time it covered 1,433 feet distance which is 4.5x farther than earlier when it was 315 feet. Also, if we talk about propulsion segment, it is recorded 10x longer this time i.e. 300m vs. previously recorded 30m. Also, in phase 2 it offered 3.5x more power to the pod. This time it was 3,151hp vs. 891hp from earlier.
According to Josh Giegel, President of Engineering and Co-founder of Hyperloop One, the Phase 2 was far more difficult as they had to build upon everything they had learned from their initial test and accomplished faster speeds at a farther distance. He said that they are now one step closer to deploying Hyperloop around the world.
At the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) Abu Dhabi in March, Hyperloop One said its Hyperloop travel between Gulf Cooperation Council cities under 1 hour at 1080 kmph could replace all air transportation of goods.
A Hyperloop is a proposed mode of passenger and/or commodities, merchandise goods and cargo transportation. It comprises a sealed tube or series of tubes through which a pod travels free of air resistance or friction conveying objects at optimal speed and acceleration.