Hyperloop Tests New Transportation System on Humans

Hyperloop Tests New Transportation System on Humans

Virgin Hyperloop

Is this the future of transportation?

Hey, whatyaknow – it is possible to send humans in pressurized capsules at hypersonic speeds without turning them in goo.

On Sunday, Virgin Hyperloop tested their much-ballyhooed vactrain transportation system on humans for the first time. And while comfort is still a huge question mark – the Hyperloop’s description makes it sound like a Six Flags ride on steroids -- Josh Giegel, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, made it to the end with nary a scratch.

Mind you, the Hyperloop’s description sounds like a horror show for those prone to motion sickness – pressurized capsules shot forth via linear induction, travelling at hypersonic speeds (Mach 5-10, or 3836–7673 mph).

Of course, as with most transportation systems, the Hyperloop will probably run into a wall of red tape, forcing it to defer to the lower end of Hypersonic speed.

Even 3,000 mph is a lot faster (and safer) than any commercial transportation system. But whether the Hyperloop is a (relatively) smooth ride or like a rollercoaster from hell remains to be seen. The company tested it on humans travelling in a 2-seater XP-2 vehicle, while the production version will seat up to 28.

To its credit, the Hyperloop was supposedly designed with comfort in mind – the system was specifically tailored to reduce friction – and its historic nature wasn’t lost on the company.

“I had the true pleasure of seeing history made before my very eyes – to witness the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years come to life,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and Group Chairman and CEO of DP World. “We are one step closer to ushering in a new era of ultra-fast, sustainable movement of people and goods.”