Hyperloop Technologies Building Vegas-Area Test Facility
California company Hyperloop Technologies Inc, has confirmed plans to build a track outside Las Vegas to test a new high-speed transportation system for cargo and passengers. This test track is the first step in potentially revolutionizing mass transportation and infrastructure in America. Hyperloop Technologies takes its name from the transportation technology proposed by Elon Musk but actually does not have any connection to the Tesla and SpaceX founder. According to the Associated Press, the company will construct its facility on a 50-acre plot in North Las Vegas, and will include a 1-kilometer track. RELATED: Elon Musk Says Hyperloop Will Be Built
On this track the company will test its Hyperloop prototype, using a linear electric motor and traveling in a tube to blast people and packages along at speeds up to 355 mph, which is only half of the proposed speed of the future craft. At its test speed, it should take only two seconds to travel down the 1-kilometer track.
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The Hyperloop concept was originally devised by Elon Musk in 2013. In theory, a pressurized capsule would travel through a tube that has a cushion of air and using electromagnets to rush it to speeds up to 750 mph, just 17 mph short of the speed of sound! If it became a reality, it could cut the 400-mile trip from Los Angeles to San Fransisco to under an hour. Hyperloop Technologies will start testing its prototype of this concept early next year and the test facility will be fully functional starting in 2017.
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