Virgin Hyperloop's transportation system passed the first test with live people as passengers in a capsule, and it was a complete success. Josh Gigel, co-founder of the company, and Sara Lucian, director of customer service, volunteered for a ride on a working prototype of the future hyper-network. As Lucian explained, Hyperloop is not just another form of transport, but a new understanding of how people should move in the future. Therefore, she volunteered to experience everything personally.
For the test, a new XP-2 capsule was used, which was specially designed to carry two passengers. It is equipped with all safety systems and has speed limiters. During the test in a pipe with a conditional vacuum of 500 m long, the capsule with passengers accelerated to 172 km / h.
Recall that the global goal of Virgin Hyperloop is to create a system in which capsules on maglev suspension will fly at a transonic speed of up to 1200 km / h. Current successes are much more modest, during tests with weights, the capsules accelerated to a maximum of 387 km / h. But this is not a minus, but rather a plus, the company notes, because safety is in the first place, and not an early entry to the market. The project has been developing for six years, obtaining a safety certificate is scheduled for 2025, and Hyperloop will begin to carry the first commercial passengers no earlier than 2030.