Hyperloop One announced today it has completed the first full-scale test of its magnetic levitation technology. The company sent a pod 100 feet at 70 mph, pulling 2 Gs.
The event took place May 12 at the company’s test track in Nevada. The company’s co-founder Shervin Pishevar called the test the company’s “Kitty Hawk moment,” alluding to the Wright brothers’ famous first flight.
Elon Musk introduced the hyperloop concept in 2013, which uses aluminum pods inside an airless tube to transport people and cargo at speeds of up to 750 mph. Hyperloop One is trying to bring that concept to reality. The company’s pod, or XP-1, is made of a carbon fiber and aluminum aeroshell atop a levitating chassis, located near the back of the vehicle where all the performance comes from: suspension, lift, guidance and propulsion.
Hyperloop One’s next goal is to use its more than 1,000 feet of test track to hit 250 mph. You can see a video of the May 12 test below.