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Hyperloop propulsion test conducted in desert

Posted at 10:24 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 23:11:35-04

LATEST UPDATE: Hyperloop One conducted a propulsion test in the North Las Vegas desert Wednesday.

This was the first major test of Hyperloop One.

The final Hyperloop system will be able to shoot a vehicle up to 760 miiles per hour and it won't need a track for the full trip -- it will float.

The purpose of Wednesday's test was to make sure the electromagnetic technology works.

Hyperloop is working with $80 million for the testing phase, including its test later this year. Their goal is to begin transporting cargo by 2019 and people by 2021.

UPDATE: While there is a propulsion test scheduled for Wednesday, Hyperloop One -- its new name -- is planning a full-scale test by the end of the year.

The supersonic travel could get travelers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a half hour.

"We are reimagining transportation," said officials at the event Tuesday.

Hyperloop is also asking others to come up with ideas to use Hyperloop in real life situations.


NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- The company behind hyperloop is planning a major announcement this week.

Hyperloop Technologies sent 13 Action News an itinerary for Wednesday that includes a propulsion test while the announcement itself is scheduled for Tuesday.

The company has been out in the North Las Vegas desert constructing a track to test out the new technology that could one day transport people. Hyperloop technology aims to use vacuum tubes to transport freight and passengers in pods at up to 750 mph.

Nevada lawmakers approved tax incentives for Hyperloop Technologies in March.