The first set of hyperloop tubes has arrived at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) research and development centre in Toulouse, France
The first phase of the full-scale test system will include a closed 320m system that will be operational this year. In addition, a second full-scale system of 1km elevated by pylons at a height of 5.8m will be completed in 2019.
The test tubes have an interior diameter of 4m, and the test system will be optimised both for passenger capsules and shipping containers, according to the transportation and technology firm.
A full-scale passenger capsule, currently near completion at Carbures in Spain, is scheduled for delivery to the facility this summer.
HTT’s system can be built underground, on pylons or at ground level.
HyperloopTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn said: “Five years ago we set out to solve transportation’s most pressing problems; efficiency, comfort and speed. Today we take an important step forward to begin to achieve that goal.”
“Hyperloop is more than just displays of rapid acceleration and more than just breaking speed records. The real opportunity is to create an efficient and safe system with an unparalleled passenger experience.”
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HyperloopTT chairman Bibop Gresta added: “Building in full-scale means we’re committed to innovation in the long-term.”
“We’ve pioneered the technology, proved feasible and insurable by the world’s largest reinsurance company, Munich RE. We have agreements in place in nine countries where we’re working on feasibility and regulations. We have a research centre for freight and logistics in Brazil and a facility in Toulouse where we’ll deliver the first full-scale passenger capsule.
“Hyperloop is no longer a concept, it has become a commercial industry.”
Founded in 2013, HTT is a global team comprised of more than 800 engineers, creatives and technologist. It has 40 corporate and university partners and is headquartered in Los Angeles. So far HTT has signed agreements in Slovakia, the UAE, the Czech Republic, France, Indonesia, Korea, India and the US.