Hyperloop is edging closer to reality. One of the three companies racing to make Elon Musk’s idea a commercial success is Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT). This month they have made the next steps by constructing the world’s first full scale passenger capsule. The capsule is the culmination of three years and thousands of hours of design, research and analysis. An official unveiling is expected to be early 2018 at HTT research centre in Toulouse working ahead of the competition. The capsule is being built in collaboration with Carbures SA, an expert in fuselage and advanced materials construction in both aeronautics and aerospace.
HTT’s ( @hyperloopglobal ) passenger capsule will be utilised in a commercial system soon to be announced from the ongoing negotiations and feasibility studies currently taking place around the world. The organisation was founded in November, 2013, to advance the technical and economic knowledge base of the Hyperloop transportation system; to develop and construct a full-scale research, prototype development and evaluation facility; and to be the pioneers of this transformative urban mobility solution. Their partnership with Carbures guarantees a consolidated leader in the structural composites world with over 15 years of experience. They have a workforce exceeding 1000 employees, eight manufacturing plants and five engineering centres making them “the perfect partner for HTT," said HTT Board Member Ramón Betolaza.
Carbures is a technological industrial group specialized in the manufacturing of composite parts and structures and in designing engineering systems, which operates in the aerospace, automotive, civil works, railway and security industries. "This is a fascinating project utilizing our expertise and technology around the world," said Carbures Cofounder and Chairman Rafael Contreras. "We are pleased to work in this innovative, global, and important project.
- Length: 30 meters (98.5 feet)
- Diameter: 2.7 meters (9 feet)
- Weight: 20 tons
- Passenger capacity: 28-40
- Speed: Up to 1223 km/h (760 mph)
Speaking about the new capsules, HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn said, “safety is always our number one concern. It has been crucial in our development to go past the simple requirements of freight in order to build a better and safer system for everyone."
HTT’s main competitor is Hyperloop One, who has more than 200 employees at their innovation campus in Downtown Los Angeles and test and safety site in North Las Vegas, NV. Hyperloop One tested their first motor in May last year and will test the full system in the coming months. The firm has declared that they are in the process of developing new routes in five different countries. They have an ambitious goal to finish their first model of the Hyperloop by 2020 and transport cargo by 2021.
Despite this, HTT’s Chairman Bibop Gresta believes "they have some of the best global talent as part of our team. Tapping into this expertise ensures we are able to build not just faster, but better. Hyperloop comes to life because we're building this company in a smarter way."
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