Richard Branson Beats Elon musk: The World’s First Crewed Hyperloop Trip
I know the actual thought going through your mind, somebody beat Elon Musk to something wow! I am shocked as well. Let’s assume Musk was taking a break and having the time of his life…(Siri play me “I can’t kill myself”). Unfortunately, while Musk was taking a break, Richard Branson CEO of Virgin was doing all the work and getting shit done.
The Virgin Hyperloop made history on Sunday 9th November, when it successfully completed its world’s first crewed Hyperloop test. Virgin co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Josh Giegel and Director of Passenger Experience, Sara Luchian were the first passengers to ride Virgin’s new form of transportation: Experiment pod-2 (XP-2).
The Virgin Hyperloop was launched in 2014 and after 6 years , Giegel and Luchian voyaged 48 meters per second on a 500 meter trip through the Nevada desert. Giegel said “we took one giant leap toward that ultimate dream”. During the 6 years, the organization has been known by numerous names- Hyperloop Technologies, Hyperloop One and Virgin Hyperloop One. However, has consistently centered around one objective and that is to change the manner in which individuals travel.
Tied into the two-seater XP-2, the pair made the launch at Virgin’s DevLoop test site in Las Vegas where the firm has recently run in over 400 tests (passenger free).
The first model vehicle was planned with a significant number of the safety frameworks travelers can expect on a future business Hyperloop which will flaunt bigger vehicles with seating for up to 28 and travel at velocities up to 670mph. Truth be told, it is so fast that the 382-mile trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco- a 1.5 hour plane ride or 6 hours drive will take less than 45mins (goodness!).
According to Virgin group founder, Richard Branson “for the past few years, the Virgin Hyperloop team has been working on turning its ground-breaking technology into reality” and it sure did.
This is the most recent achievement for Virgin Hyperloop, which a month ago disclosed West Virginia as the area for its Hyperloop Certification Center (HCC). Also, at the beginning of the year, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) council presented an administrative system for Hyperloop in the United States.
This new development is so great honestly, not just for Virgin Hyperloop but for humanity as a whole. We would just have to wait until the Virgin Hyperloop starts working commercially, hopefully soon.
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Written by Catherine Aigbe