Virgin Hyperloop CEO Jay Walder is calling the transportation system’s first test run with passengers aboard a “moonshot moment.” Indeed, the company became the first to send actual humans in its tube-shaped pod hurtling along its 500-meter test track in Las Vegas. And seeing the company’s cluster of engineers and other staff focused on the monitors as the pod took off in this video was akin to the feeling of being in the control room just before a rocket launches into space.
The company still needs to raise capital to build out a test facility in West Virginia, but it expects certification for its system in the next five to six years. Other companies are testing out their hyperloop systems, including Los Angeles and Dubai-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Toronto’s TransPod, Spain’s Zeleros, and Elon Musk’s Boring Company, which is focused on a lower-speed version that’s routed in underground tunnels.
Virgin Hyperloop’s Walden is optimistic. “I have no doubt this will change the world,” he told The New York Times.
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