It looks and sounds like science fiction but it is being developed today. Hyperloop is a system that moves people and goods at speeds over 700 MPH, safely, efficiently, and sustainably. HyperloopTT (Hyperloop Transportation Technologies), a global team of more than 800 engineers, creatives, and technologists in 52 multidisciplinary teams, with 50 corporate and university partners, is creating technologies that are rapidly advancing transportation in 2020.
The concept itself, Hyperloop, is a tube-based inter- and intra-city transportation system for passengers and goods. Proprietary passive magnetic levitation and a linear electric motor combined with a tube environment in which air has been drastically reduced allow the capsules to move at high speed with nearly zero friction. The HyperloopTT system is powered by a combination of alternative energy sources to ensure sustainability and low cost, bringing airplane speeds to ground level, and changing travel time from hours to minutes.
Similar to a small commercial aircraft without wings, Hyperloop’s pressurized capsules float on a frictionless magnetic cushion within the tubes. The capsules are engineered and designed for ultra-high speeds by using a new fuselage skin called Vibranium™ that is built with carbon-fiber and embedded sensors. This smart material transmits critical information regarding temperature, stability, integrity and more, all wirelessly and instantly.
HyperloopTT’s European Research and Development Center is the testing site of the world’s first and only full-scale system and passenger capsule. In 2019, HyperloopTT released the first comprehensive feasibility study analyzing a Hyperloop system, which found that the system is economically and technically feasible and will generate a profit without requiring government subsidies.
The site of the world’s first commercial hyperloop system is Abu Dhabi close to the residential development Alghadeer. It is located on the border of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, close to the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport. HyperloopTT plans construction in several phases, starting with a 3-mile passenger track with an Experience Center. Along with design consultant group Dar Al-Handasah, HyperloopTT is working to create the first segment of what could become a transportation network throughout the Emirates.
To gain support and to make the public aware of the benefits and safety of the Hyperloop concept, HyperloopTT, in cooperation with TÜV SÜD Group, a testing, certification, auditing, and advisory services organization, established a set of guidelines in 2019, received feedback from the European Commission and the United States Dept. of Transportation, and is now releasing them to the public. The guidelines define key safety standards for Hyperloop systems including design, construction, and operation including detailed core safety requirements for capsules, drive systems, environmental control and life support systems, tubes, and evacuation procedures in case of emergency.
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