World’s First Full-Scale Passenger Capsule Revealed by Hyperloop TT

World’s First Full-Scale Passenger Capsule Revealed by Hyperloop TT

Fri 05, Oct 2018

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., a California based startup has unveiled its first full-scale passenger capsule in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, which is 32 meters long and weighs 5 tons. Hyperloop’s cutting-edge technology envisages travelling passengers at speeds of more than 750 miles per hour through low-pressure tubes, eliminating surface drag. It’s constructed at the aerospace facilities of Airtificial (formed by the merger of composites company Carbures and engineering company Inypsa that manufactures for many leading companies including Airbus and Boeing), a partner of HyperloopTT and the exterior is created by design consultancy PriestmanGoode, which won the Gold award at the 2017 London Design Awards.

“The creation of this capsule represents over a year long journey of the best expertise in design, engineering, and the development of cutting-edge materials,” says Dirk Ahlborn HyperloopTT co-founder and CEO. “In just five years we have solved and improved upon all of the technology needed for Hyperloop with our new levitation system, vacuum pumps, batteries and smart composites. This capsule will be a part of one of the most efficient transportation systems ever made.”

“In 2019, this capsule will be fully optimized and ready for passengers,” said Bibop Gresta, chairman and co-founder of HyperloopTT. “Since we have taken major steps in solving government regulations with our safety certification guidelines and insurance frameworks, we are now closer than ever to bringing Hyperloop to the world.”

Addressing to concerns over safety, Rafael Contreras, the company's co-founder and chairman said, ‘’ Today we have unveiled a new type of transportation vessel built with an industry high percentage of composite, which makes the Hyperloop capsule perhaps the safest transportation vehicle in the world’’.

The capsule is called ‘’Quitero One’’ and is made out of dual-layer smart composite material called Vibranium, which is created using carbon fiber and embedded sensors and designed to be extra resilient. The material is said to be eight times stronger than aluminum and 10 times stronger than steel alternatives.

The capsule comprises of 82 carbon-fiber panels. The other components include - 21,000 skilled engineering hours, 5,000 skilled assembly hours, 82 carbon fiber panels, 72 sensors, 75,000 rivets, 7,200 square meters of fiber (1.8 acres).

HyperloopTT became the world’s first company to be able to offer an insured commercial system in collaboration with Munich Re, inspection company TÜV SÜD, governments and partners. The company is creating regulatory guidelines and necessary legal framework for Hyperloop systems around the world. This futuristic technology will provide a smart alternative to local airlines.

According to a report from Report Sellers, the Hyperloop transportation system market was valued at US$ 12.4 Bn in 2021, and is expected to reach US$180 Bn by 2030, expected to grow at a CAGR of 34.6% from 2021 to 2030.

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