In Moapa, Nevada, north of Las Vegas, the Virgin Hyperloop transported two of it’s employees across the desert reaching speeds of 106 miles per hour with a limit of 107 miles per hour. The two volunteers included co-founder of Virgin Hyperloop Josh Giegel and Director, Passenger Experience at Virgin Hyperloop Sara Luchian. This makes history as the first time a hyperloop system has transported humans. Yesterday afternoon, the pair of travels sped along 500 meters of test site in 15 seconds. Before this specific test, the company had already completed over 400 unoccupied tests.
Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin group, said in praise: “With today’s successful test, we have shown that this spirit of innovation will in fact change the way people everywhere live, work, and travel in the years to come.”
Set to revolutionize travel, a hyperloop is a form of transportation utilizing magnetic levitation to lift the pod and send it safely accelerating through the vacuum steel tube. The concept was first proposed by Elon Musk. The type of hyperloop pod used in the test was the Pegasus pod, a second generation prototype also known as the XP-2. The vessel comfortably seats two passengers and was designed with help from famed Danish architect Bjarke Ingels’ design firm.