Hyperloop One announces first test run of its propulsion system in Las Vegas desert



  • The Hyperloop is a train capable of Mach speed and this is the first time its propulsion system will be put through its paces


Hyperloop One, the company behind trying to bring Elon Musk’s fabled Mach 1.0, or 760mph “train in a tube” Hyperloop, to market, and who last week announced the completion “DevLoop,” the world’s first Hyperloop test track in the Nevada desert, have now announced another world first. They’re going to test their first Hyperloop propulsion system this coming Wednesday.


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CEO Rob Lloyd also declared that the company had raised $80 million in venture capital from major transportation firms and is in talks with partners from California to Sweden to take the Elon Musk transportation concept from dream to reality by 2020.



“The Hyperloop is real. It’s happening now,” he said.

While the initial test will fall well short of the vision, first posed by Elon Musk in his 2013 paper, of levitating pods travelling at speeds of over 700mph between San Francisco and Los Angeles, it will mark the start of the next chapter for the technology. And no doubt the rulers of Dubai, who last year announced that they will be the first country to roll out an Emirate wide Hyperloop network from 2021, as well as perhaps observers in India where Hyperloop One just popped in a proposal, will be watching.

“The ethos of Hyperloop is really about connecting,” said co-founder and CTO Brogan BamBrogan, “why can’t we reimagine transportation? I think we can. It’s the 21st Century, yo!”


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That may seem like a lot of confidence for a company that’s claim to fame looks like a deconstructed monorail, and whose first test run is only going to hit 116mph using a system that has no brakes, but the technology underlying even the propulsion system is unique enough to justify a little bravado. Magnetic attraction to the track will propel the sled forward at rates comparable to top dragsters, and that’s not to be sniffed at.

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Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

  • Craig Miles#1

    19th March 2017

    Can’t wait to try the hyperloops myself. Looks fantastic.


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