Virgin Hyperloop passes first test with human passengers

Virgin Hyperloop passes first test with human passengers

The Virgin Hyperloop company, which is turning Elon Musk’s idea of ferrying passengers through vacuum tubes at high speeds into reality, has reached its most important milestone yet: it carried human passengers for the first time. 

The test, concluded on Sunday, consisted of carrying two passengers some 500 meters (1640 feet) in a pod that goes through a near-vacuum tube on Virgin Hyperloop’s test track in Nevada. The pod achieved speeds of 107 mph, and the trip took 6.25 seconds. 

The interior of Virgin Hyperloop's XP-2 pod.

The interior of Virgin Hyperloop’s XP-2 pod.

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The two occupants — Josh Giegel, co-founder and chief technology officer, and Sara Luchian, director of passenger experience at Hyperloop — wore casual clothing and experienced no issues during the short trip.  Read more…

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