Virgin Hyperloop First Tested With Passengers
The first test of the high-speed transport system Hyperloop with passengers on Board was completed successfully, according to its developer Virgin Hyperloop.
As follows from the company's message, on November 8 in the capsule at a speed of 48 meters per second (160 km/h) passed the company's co-founder Josh Gigel and Director of passenger service quality Sarah Lucian. The tests were carried out in a 500 m long pipe system at the DevLoop test site in Nevada.
"Our two-seat Experimental-Pod-2 (XP-2, Pegasus) was built to demonstrate critical security subsystems that allow passengers to travel safely in Hyperloop. However, our production capsule will look radically different and can accommodate up to 28 passengers," the company said in a statement. Virgin Hyperloop noted that the goal of the test was to show that a Hyperloop ride is "as safe as an Elevator ride."
In particular, the experimental capsule was equipped with all the systems that the serial one will be equipped with: a control system that quickly finds and corrects emergency situations, a system for pressure stabilization and recovery, air purification and filtration, fire extinguishing, emergency escape of the capsule and airlocks.
Hyperloop one startup (now Virgin Hyperloop) launched the vacuum high-speed train project in 2014. The team is trying to find the best solution for the idea of a vacuum train, proposed by businessman and engineer Elon Musk in 2013. In 2018 Hyperloop managed to accelerate the test capsule without people to a speed of 466 km / h in a 1.2-kilometer tube. In total, the company has already conducted more than 400 tests at the Nevada test site. It is expected That the hyperloop capsules will be able to transport passengers and cargo at a speed of up to 1.2 thousand km per hour.
A number of foreign investors, including Russian ones, including The Russian direct investment Fund (RDIF), have invested in the high-speed transport project. In 2015, the company also received $11.1 million from the structures of a Russian businessman, co-owner of Summa group Ziyavudin Magomedov, who has been under arrest on fraud charges since March 2018. His Caspian Venture Fund became one of the largest shareholders of the project: by 2018, it had invested more than $100 million — a third of all funds raised at that time ($245 million). In November 2019, Magomedov left the Board of Directors of Virgin Hyperloop. Even earlier, the RDIF withdrew from the project. His share was not disclosed.