Virgin Hyperloop Successfully Completes First Test With Human Passengers

The vacuum tube that Virgin Hyperloop’s passenger pod travels through. (Virgin Hyperloop)

Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop is one step closer to becoming a reality, with the futuristic transportation system shuttling human passengers for the first time this weekend.

The high-speed travel pod, which the company hopes will one day be able to shuttle passengers from New York to DC in just 30 minutes, successfully ran a low-speed test with passengers at its Nevada facility.

The Hyperloop is designed to shoot passenger pods through a vacuum tube at speeds in excess of 600 miles per hour, propelled by magnetic levitation. Sunday’s test, however, was conducted at a comparatively leisurely 100 miles per hour, and carried the company’s chief technology officer and director of passenger experience.

The passengers were transported 500 meters in 15 seconds, Virgin Hyperloop said. The company had previously run 400 tests at the site just outside Las Vegas, albeit without passengers.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Nicolas Vega