Virgin Hyperloop completed the first passenger ride in its levitating transport system, reaching speeds faster than 100 mph
VirginHyperloop on Sunday transported passengers on its high-speed pod system for the first time ever.
hyperlooppod reached speeds of 107 mph, and took 15 seconds to travel 500 metres at Virgin's DevLoop test track in the Nevada desert.
- Virgin Hyperloop's executives, Josh Giegel and Sara Luchian, were the first people to travel in the two-seater pod, called Pegasus.
- Virgin said its experimental pod is very different to its plans for the finished pod, which aims to seat up to 28 passengers
Virgin Hyperloop on Sunday successfully tested human travel in its high-speed levitating
The hyperloop pod transported two passengers — two of the company's executives — in a nearly airless tube, reaching speeds of 107 mph (160 km/h) in 6.25 seconds.
The pod took 15 seconds to travel down Virgin's DevLoop 500-metre test track in the desert outside Las Vegas, Nevada, where the company has previously run more than 400 tests without passengers.
Virgin Hyperloop plans to build a network of vacuum tubes and levitating pods that can hurtle passengers at speeds of 600 mph.
A trip between New York and Washington in the final version of the hyperloop pod as planned would last just 30 minutes — twice as fast as a commercial jet flight and four times faster than a high-speed train, according to Reuters.
Josh Giegel, Virgin Hyperloop's chief
Giegel said the journey "felt not that much different than accelerating in a sports car," whilst Luchian said "it was much smoother than I expected," per the New York Times.
In a statement, Virgin said: "While the production vehicle will be larger and seat up to 28 passengers, this two-seater XP-2 vehicle was built to demonstrate that passengers can in fact safely travel in a hyperloop vehicle."
Virgin Hyperloop stems from Tesla CEO Elon Musk's concept of high-speed passenger pod transport, which he first proposed in 2013. Musk has gone on to create The Boring Company, which will dig tunnels for his proposed "Loop" and "Hyperloop" transit systems.
Virgin Hyperloop was founded as Hyperloop Technologies in 2014, until
Last month, the company announced that it would build a $500 million facility in West Virginia to test its super high-speed travel system.
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