Hyperloop, the futuristic sounding transportation idea from the mind of Elon Musk, is starting to get real. We’ve been following the progress of the platform from the beginning, and it’s been interesting to see what was simply an idea as recently as a few years ago start to break into reality. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) is one of the major players in the Hyperloop world, and they’ve recently started construction on their first full-scale passenger pod, set to be revealed in 2018.
HTT isn’t building this pod just for show, they’re set to announce a commercial partnership in the near future, and have also been researching where in the world this futuristic transportation system would make the most sense. A safe guess would be somewhere in the United Arab Emirates, where HTT competitor Hyperloop One already plans to construct a cargo shipping system between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The transportation pod will be built by HTT’s construction partner, Carbures S.A., a company that builds parts and systems for space, defense, and aeronautics. TechCrunch has a few bits of information about what the transportation pod may ultimately look like:
The new capsule will run around 100 ft long, with a 9 foot diameter and a total weight of 20 tons. It can fit between 28 and 40 passengers inside, depending on desired configuration, and can travel at speeds of up to 760 MPH. HTT’s CEO Dirk Ahlborn said in a statement that the company is focused on a “passenger first approach to guarantee that safety” is always the company’s first concern, hence why it’s begun construction on the people pod so early in its progress towards building its first commercial product.
We’ll have to wait and see what Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has in store, and where we might see the first passenger Hyperloop system pop up.
Last Updated on March 21, 2017.