Video shows first Hyperloop Transport Capsule prototype
After revealing photos of its first real test track, Hyperloop Transport Technologies (HTT) - the genius company Elon Musk, also creator of Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal - unveiled images of the capsule prototype that will drive passengers on this futuristic transportation system, where people will travel through a low pressure pipe at very high speeds.
Musk's company also provided some project data and technical specifications to the delight of the most anxious. According to her, the capsule is 30 meters long, about twice the size of an ordinary subway car. At 2.7 meters wide, it will weigh about 20 tons and will be able to drive from 28 to 40 passengers at no less than 1, 223 km / h, far more than the fastest Japanese bullet train.
HTT First Prototype Specifications
There will be a toilet in the capsule, indicating that it will be safe to leave your seat and walk around the capsule during transport.
Remember that the capsule revealed by HTT on Tuesday (21) is only the very first alpha version of the transport and dozens or hundreds of changes can still be made, including the design, which inevitably resembles a spaceship taken from some work. of science fiction.
In an email sent to the Cnet publication, Ben Cooker, HTT Communications Director, said: “We are looking at completely different interior concepts that go beyond just seating. This will be part of one of our future updates. ” He also confirmed that there will be a toilet in the capsule, indicating that it will be safe to leave his seat and walk around the capsule during transport.
European production, US tests
HTT has confirmed more details of its planning. According to the company, the capsules may depart every 40 seconds from its station, which allows the transport of up to 164 thousand passengers per day. Everything is being prepared at HTT's research and design center in the city of Toulouse, France, with the help of Carbures, a company that specializes in aircraft and spacecraft fuselage.
According to HTT, the final version of the capsule should be presented to the public by 2018.
And when will all this be done? According to HTT, the final version of the capsule is due to be presented to the public in 2018, the same year that the company intends to open the first 8-kilometer California prototype course.