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The dream of transporting people at breakneck speed through private tunnels faded, and its biggest supporter announced the end

The dream of transporting people at breakneck speed through private tunnels faded, and its biggest supporter announced the end

11 hours ago | Peter Prokopeck

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Photo: Virgin Hyperloop

The idea is interesting from the first moment, but its implementation seems impossible. In the future, it is only possible to transport goods, and people will certainly not go anywhere with Virgin Hyperloop.

Not long ago, there was a lot of talk about fast travel through private tunnels. This was taken care of by Elon Musk, who in 2012 dusted off the theoretical level of more than 200 years of low-pressure tubes, in which a manned car moves with aerodynamic or magnetic propulsion with minimal air resistance and friction. He gave the idea the name Hyperloop.

Musk himself did not pay much attention to its implementation, but several companies were created that did it for him. One of them is Hyperloop Technologies, later Hyperloop One, which was founded in 2014. In 2017, it was joined by British billionaire Richard Branson, thanks to which it was renamed Virgin Hyperloop One and then Virgin Hyperloop. But whatever its name, the purpose of its existence was to create an alternative land type for air transport. So the passengers were to be transported via those nearly vacuum tubes at speeds of up to 1,223 km/h, while the transport would be completely autonomous, quiet and low in emissions. In addition, travelers can choose between final destinations and stops “at the sign”.

The company originally expected to start commercial operations in 2030, but at least that’s the end in terms of passenger transport. Virgin Hyperloop has announced that it will lay off 111 employees, nearly half of all employees. It is clear that transporting passengers in this way is very difficult, so the company intends to focus only on the transportation of goods. This report comes despite the fact that the first testing with people on board took place in November 2020. One of them was Josh Giggle, the company’s former president and later technical director, who left the company in the meantime.

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The administration has “lost confidence in the new direction,” Gijel said. Perhaps this is related to the fact that pipeline transportation should be realized mainly in the Middle East, which is why a 75% stake in the company was bought by DP World. After all, you would expect the project to start in the middle of this decade. Dubai is connected to Abu Dhabi, but only for the purpose of transporting goods.

Therefore, a number of questions continue to be raised about this type of transfer. After all, Virgin Hyperloop is still founded by Brogan BamBrogan under the aforementioned name Hyperloop Technologies. However, he left the company after two years, and in 2017 he founded the new company Arrivo, which initially also provided tube travel. But BamBrogan rejected the idea after a few months and decided to focus on magnetic trains. But even this attempt was unsuccessful and the company ended.

So we’re really curious about the direction in which the future will develop. So far, the original idea, which was introduced as early as 1799 and developed by Robert H. But let’s be surprised, even in Virgin Hyperloop, they haven’t fully laid down their arms yet.

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Virgin Hyperloop has already completed more than 400 drone tests, and in November 2020 the first test of people transport took place. However, it is no longer planned to be commercialized. Photo: Virgin Hyperloop

source: Financial Times

Peter Prokopeck

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