The transport of the future: Virgin Hyperloop showed its supersonic capsules

The transport of the future: Virgin Hyperloop showed its supersonic capsules

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The transport of the future: Virgin Hyperloop showed its supersonic capsules

The Hyperloop is a new form of mass transport that promises to be able to connect cities in a matter of minutes and that is postulated as the ground transportation standard of the future. Several companies circulate along this same track seeking to outperform their competitors.

And while the first seed of this tree was planted by Elon Musk now his friend Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, took the concept to show what his Virgin Hyperloop would be like, that could be ready by 2030.

The idea of this supersonic transport It is based on vacuum tubes that, by minimizing aerodynamic drag, allows speeds even higher than those of commercial aircraft.

Their greatest benefit is that they are able to connect cities in minutes and that, according to a company note “is a new form of mass transportation that set the standard for 21st century travel“.

Branson, who had delays and cancellations while planning his Virgin Galactic space tourism ship, wants to show that your business projects are reliable and the Hyperloop is the other example of its scope.

The concept of hyperloop that Virgin wants to promote in terms of mobility of people and cargo. Photo: Virgin Hyperloop.

“The key to our product is to be guided by an elegant design for its simplicity, prepared for the future due to its modularity and guided by the beginning of this century, not the last,” says the video.

The material shows the passenger capsules and some details of the levitation engines, propulsion engines and lhigh power batteries with which the cabins will work.

According to Virgin Hyperloop, its trains will be capable of reach up to 1,080 kilometers per hour, managing to reach the destination “in a comfortable, safe and silent way”.

The company explained that after building and testing the world’s first Hyperloop system, it is now focused on developing its commercial product.

The transport of the future: Virgin Hyperloop showed its supersonic capsules

The concept of hyperloop that Virgin wants to promote in terms of mobility of people and cargo. Photo: Virgin Hyperloop.

Magnetic levitation

Virgin Hyperloop uses levitation motors patented that make this transport system ten times more efficient than the world’s fastest maglev trains.

One of the differences with Elon Musk’s Hyperloop One is that this is suspended on a magnetic guide, to which the capsule will be attached with the passengers. This is to reduce perceived noise and vibrations.

Of that technology, although it does not offer many clues, revealed that the engines contain sets of electromagnets “that lift and guide the capsule within the runway.”

The transport system allows each capsule to be sent to a specific route and for these cabins to travel in convoys even though there is no physical connection between them. Each can separate from the convoy at a certain point when it reaches its deviation.

The company added that the technical characteristics of its system “provide a direct-to-destination à la carte service that transports tens of thousands of passengers per hour, at airplane speeds and with zero direct emissions.”

And while everything around the Hyperloop is fascinating, there are still many technical problems to be solved. Seismic movements, or even the effects of temperatures, can cause tunnels to compress, expand and bend. And every millimeter of deviation, at speeds of a thousand kilometers per hour, will feel like serious vibrations.

Nor is it known what happens if the electricity supply is cut off in the middle of the journey. Since the passengers are locked in a windowless capsule in a tube with artificial air.

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