US-based research firm, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has recently unveiled its first full-scale transportation capsule, The Quintero One at Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, anticipated to offer high speed transportation service to passengers by 2019.
As per sources, the company claims that the full-size Hyperloop capsule could carry passengers at 1,000 km/hr (620 mph) making a journey from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in just 20 minutes. However, the capsule would be delivered to HyperloopTT’s R&D facility in Toulouse, France, for additional system integration and assembly before being used on its first commercial tracks.
According to NDTV, Bibop Gresta, Chairman and Co-founder of HyperloopTT said that the capsule will be completely optimized and ready for public transit by 2019, while standing strong with government regulations and committing to HTT’s safety certification guidelines and insurance frameworks.
Sources familiar with the matter suggest that the 5-tonne capsule would be equipped with 72 sensors, 75,000 rivets and 7,200 square meters of fibre and would solely be constructed out of HyperloopTT’s specially made dual-layer smart composite material.
Deemed as an airplane without wings, Hyperloop aims to permanently evolve long distance transportation as several Hyperloop routes are already under development in countries such as Spain, China, UAE and France, cite sources.
Dirk Ahlborn, Co-founder and CEO of HyperloopTT was quoted saying that the creation of The Quintero One represents the company’s five-year long journey of the best expertise in design, engineering and the development of state-of-the-art composite materials.
Reliable sources suggest that HyperloopTT had recently proposed plans to set up the Hyperloop transportation system in Andhra Pradesh, India for connecting Amaravati, Anantapur, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam as a part of a 700-800 km-long integrated public transport system.
In addition, HyperloopTT is set to build the first Hyperloop system test track in Guizhou province, in line with the company’s deal with China for Hyperloop transport in the country.