Elon Musk’s Hyperloop One project has unveiled images of its DevLoop test track in Nevada, USA.
The world’s only full-scale Hyperloop test track, stretches nearly 3 kilometres and weighs a mind-melting one-million kilograms.
The first test, codenamed “Kitty Hawk”, is expected to take place sometime within the next three months, and will see a ‘pod’ go hurtling around the track faster than a passenger plane – the entire test will last just a few seconds.
The pod levitates within a metal tube in a near-vacuum, and is propelled by Hyperloop One’s own innovative technology.
DevLoop takes Elon Musk one step closer to creating the world’s “first brand new mode of transportation in more than 100 years”.
“We do plenty of component testing and simulation back at our Innovation Campus in Los Angeles, but there are many questions we can’t ask and answers we can’t get unless we run tests on real hardware at scale,” says Hyperloop One’s Bruce Upbin.
“Having DevLoop as an outdoor lab gives us a unique capability to test various levitation, propulsion, vacuum and control technologies.”