France began to build Hyperloop line
Company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced the start of construction of the first two lines of the test equipment for passenger and cargo transportation and plans to launch it this year. The company reported that in Toulouse arrived first batch of pipes, of which the line will be built.
"Pipe inner diameter of 4 meters. Thus, the system is optimized for the transport of passenger capsules and cargo containers "- the company said in a statement.
In the first phase of construction it is planned to collect a line length of about 320 meters. Its operation is due to start later this year. Next year the company plans to complete the construction of the 1 kilometer long.
In 2019 it is planned to complete the construction of the system length of 1 kilometer. Pipes of this line will be installed on poles at a height of 5 to 8 meters above the ground.
It is planned that the first fully functional passenger capsule, the creation of which is currently carried out by the Spanish company Carbures, will be delivered to the test facility for the assembly and integration into the system this summer. According to expectations, the capsule is equipped with 28-40 passenger seats, can reach speeds of up to 1223 kilometers per hour. At present, the development Hyperloop system deals not only with the HTT. For about a year Virgin Hyperloop One company has at its disposal a test line, but unlike HTT pipe diameter Virgin Hyperloop One is only 3, 3 meters, which, according to some, it is not suitable for practical application, but rather is designed solely to demonstrate .
Recall that the idea Hyperloop introduced in 2012, engineer, entrepreneur, investor and owner of companies such as SpaceX and Tesla Motors, Elon Musk. It lies in the fact that the pipes above the ground in an extremely rarefied air with a small interval and the speed of up to 1220 kilometers per hour will travel capsules with passengers or cargo. When the capsule will not touch the walls of the tube due to the effect of the air cushion. The greatest activity in the incarnation of this idea is now showing us Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies.