World’s first hyperloop passenger capsule out

The US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT) has launched the company’s first full-blown transportation capsule at Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, and will be in operation, aiding passengers, in 2019.

Named as ‘Quintero One’, the capsule is 32 metre long and the additional assembly and integration will be completed in the company’s research and development centre in Toulouse, France.

“As we have taken measures to fix the norms of the government with the safety guidelines and insurance frameworks, we are geared up to complete the project and Hyperloop is going to be functional real soon,” said Hyperloop TT chairman and co-founder Bibop Gresta.

The capsule is 5 tonnes, equipped with 72 sensors, 75,000 rivets and made of 7,200 square metres of fibre. It is manufactured of a unique dual layer smart composite material called ‘vibranium.’

Hyperloop TT CEO and co-founder Dirk Ahlborn remarked, “The technology is the fruit of the sheer work of our design, engineering and development team.”

The firm has submitted a proposal to establish the Hyperloop mode of transportation in Andhra Pradesh that connects Anantapur, Amaravati, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam as part of 700-800-km-long integrated public transit system.

In addition, the Government of Maharashtra had recently signed an agreement with the Richard Branson-led Virgin Group to build a Hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune.

Hyperloop TT has also signed a deal with Guizhou province to build the first Hyperloop system in China.

NT Bureau