Published on : Saturday, October 14, 2017
With Virgin Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo will be loaded into a pod, and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.
The company has invested an undisclosed stake in Hyperloop One, now rebranded as Virgin Hyperloop One, an LA-based company that makes use of the revolutionary transport concept made famous by Elon Musk.
The technology is based on the idea where an electric motor will be used to accelerate an electromagnetically levitated pod through a low-pressure tube. This, theoriticially can transport up to 670mph with no turbulence; the fastest recorded speed as of now is 220mph.
Sir Richard said: “After visiting Hyperloop One’s test site in Nevada and meeting its leadership team this past summer, I am convinced this groundbreaking technology will change transportation as we know it and dramatically cut journey times.
“Virgin has been known for investing in and creating innovative companies over the years, and I look forward to making history together as we bring Hyperloop to the world as Virgin Hyperloop One.”
The new high-speed Azuma is the fastest train available from London to Edinburgh which takes about 4hours to complete the journey.
Hyperloop One is planning to end the project by 2021.