Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One took a victory lap Wednesday, announcing its first successful full-scale test of a clean-energy mass-transit Hyperloop system in the Nevada desert.
In what the young tech company’s co-founder called “our Kitty Hawk moment,” the trial reached 70 mph – the fastest speed yet for a Hyperloop – in a suspended, vacuum-sealed tube about one-third mile long in the north Las Vegas desert on May 12.
Company officials, who are in a tense competition to be first to bring the technology to market, didn’t publicly announce the achievement until Wednesday. They are now well into phase two of their real-world trials, and are working to get their modern train design – hyped as a way to bring air-travel speeds to the ground – to reach 250 mph.
“Our team is the only team that is actually making Hyperloop happen, and we’ve spent more time
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