Virgin Hyperloop Gears Up for the Future After 107-MPH Test With Passengers Onboard Next, the company will need to establish a six-mile test track in West Virginia to certify its technology. Virgin Hyperloop blasts first human passengers around test track. © document.write(new Date().getFullYear()) Acton Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. Before connecting major cities through a hyperloop network, Virgin's team needs to raise $500 million to establish a six-mile test facility in West Virginia, after which the system could be certified in 2025 or 2026. Virgin Hyperloop announced Sunday that it transported two staff members in a hyperloop pod along a 500 meter test track. OMG, don't you get sick of naysayers. Signed agreements with more than 10 governments around the world. From what I have read, some of those that attended the first flight of "Kittyhawk" could not understand the practical application of a machine that flew for 12 sec, covered 120 feet and could only carry 1 passenger. The company said tickets would cost less than the price of gas for the same trip. You can see a video of the test run below. Proving this technology is safe for humans is obviously a key consideration for the Virgin Hyperloop team, and on Sunday it was able to take an important step towards that goal. The 32,000 sq ft (3,000 m ) facility is to be used to host its research. These magnetically levitating pods travel through near-vacuum tubes and are designed to eventually hit speeds of around 1,200 km/h (745 mph), which would make it possible to travel from LA to San Francisco in just 30 minutes. If you think that's complicated, just remember how Timothy Dalton's James Bond sent General Georgi Koskov "to the West" in a human gas pipe canister in 1987's The Living Daylights. Meh...we've had a hyperloop on the Moon since 1999. © 2020 CNBC LLC. Global Business and Financial News, Stock Quotes, and Market Data and Analysis. Virgin Hyperloop's Chief Technology Officer Josh Giegel and Sara Luchian, who is director of passenger experience. It’s about what it enables,” said Luchian. Hyperloop uses electric propulsion and electromagnetic levitation in near-vacuum conditions to transport pods from A to B. A Division of NBCUniversal. Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin group, said it "will change the way people everywhere live, work, and travel in the years to come. They reached around 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour), which is some way off the 1,000-kmh-plus speeds the company hopes to achieve, but it still marks a significant step forward for hyperloop fans. While the scaled-back test is a step towards making hyperloop a reality, it's still not clear if the concept will be safe at full speed. Virgin Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop One, and before that, Hyperloop Technologies) was incorporated in 2014 and has built a team of 280+, including engineers, technicians, welders, and machinists. Get this delivered to your inbox, and more info about our products and services. Why so critical? To address that, Virgin Hyperloop called in an Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) Certifier for this live run. I arrive an hour before the flight. I'm guessing this hyperloop station could be built much closer to downtown, and that pods would leave every 15 minutes or less? The First HyperloopTT Passenger Capsule Has Been Unveiled. Technology, performance and design delivered to your inbox. The futuristic mode of transport, which involves firing a pod through a low-pressure tunnel, was tested by the company's Chief Technology Officer Josh Giegel and Sara Luchian, who is director of passenger experience. To make this useful you have to have a design that can load 100 passengers every 15 minutes. Sign up for free newsletters and get more CNBC delivered to your inbox.