Imagine getting to Scotland from London in less than one hour…
It would be great wouldn’t it?
Well you’ll soon be able to as Virgin Group have announced they’re investing a lot of money into Hyperloop One – the world’s most revolutionary train service.
The Hyperloop will work by loading passengers and cargo into a pod and accelerating gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube.
The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.
On their website, Virgin said: ‘Ever since our creation, Virgin has been known for disruption and investing in innovative companies.
‘From our airlines to our trains to our spaceline, we have long been passionate about innovation in transport too, especially the development of technology that could transform people’s lives.
‘This is just the latest example.’
An important point about Virgin Hyperloop One is that it will be all-electric and will be built as a sustainable form of transport.
The project will be headed by Virgin co-founders, Executive Chairman Shervin Pishevar and President of Engineering Josh Giegel, who previously worked at Virgin Galactic.
The technology for Hyperloop One is currently in the early stages of the commercialisation phase after the successful completion of the world’s first full scale hyperloop systems test at the DevLoop site outside Las Vegas.
The statement said: ‘During phase two of testing, the duration of the longest test has been 10.6 seconds, with the top speed of 192mph (310kmh) – or 86 metres per second.
‘The maximum distance travelled is 436 metres, with a peak acceleration of 1.48 Gs – equal to 0 to 60mph in 1.85 seconds.
‘The total ‘DevLoop’ tube length is 500 metres and the tube’s diameter is 3.3 metres. The maximum length of propulsion segment used is 300 metres, with an advanced proprietary levitation system throughout the DevLoop Tube.
‘Projected journey times in the UK include Edinburgh to London in 50 minutes.’