Virgin Hyperloop announced the first test launch of the Pegasus transport (XP-2) with passengers on board. About it transfers The Verge. They are Director of User Experience Sara Lucian and Senior Technology Engineer Josh Gigel. The cart with two people was accelerated through the vacuum tunnel to 160 km / h.
Pegasus is a scaled-down version of the real vehicle that Virgin Hyperloop plans to use. The real “train” will have 23 passenger seats.
Acceleration to 160 km / h took place on a 500-meter test section of a tunnel with a diameter of 3.3 meters. The landfill is located half an hour from Las Vegas in the desert. In theory, Hyperloop vehicles can move at speeds up to 760 miles per hour – that’s 1223 km / h.
Virgin Hyperloop is one of several companies that are developing their transport in the Hyperloop concept proposed by Elon Musk.