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Hyperloop One Conducts First Full Systems Test But Only Traveled 70MPH

Thelasko shares a report from Jalopnik about Hyperloop One’s first full systems Hyperloop test: In the test, Hyperloop says its vehicle traveled the first portion of a track using magnetic levitation in a vacuum environment, and reached 70 mph. It’s a significant leap past the company’s test a year ago, which sent a sled down a track for a grand total of two seconds. And while that’s not the lighting-fast speed that Hyperloop Ones says its futurist transport system could go, the company says this test — conducted privately on May 12 — is only Phase 1. Hyperloop One’s in the process of the next phase, now aiming for 250 mph. “By achieving full vacuum, we essentially invented our own sky in a tube, as if you’re flying at 200,000 feet in the air,” said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Hyperloop One. “For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced. Hyperloop is real, and it’s here now.”

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