The time is not far when people might start commuting with tubes in place of buses or trains. Hyperloop One. a cool company that likes to call itself Hyperloop has pitched its latest technology to its online followers. To quote in exact words, “The system uses electric propulsion to accelerate a passenger or cargo vehicle through a tube in a low pressure environment. The autonomous vehicle levitates slightly above the track and glides at faster-than-airplane speeds over long distances. We eliminate direct emissions, noises, delay, weather concerns, and pilot error. It’s the next mode of transportation.”
Their pitch sounds fantastic but considering the latest direction of technology growth, it seems more like a distant reality. Nevertheless, Hyperloop team carries a deep belief in its technology and has already developed multiple test rigs and several other kinds of hardware. The team is now moving ahead in this direction. The new leap is about a new tooling and fabrication facility in Las Vegas, Nevada with the name the Hyperloop One Metalworks.
The plant is spread across an area of 105, 000 square feet and has a workforce of around 170 employees that includes welders, machinists, and engineers. The full-system Hyperloop prototype will be ready soon and is to be tested in year 2017. The new facility also includes motor testing and will also have key research and equipment areas along with a metrology room. The plant will also have two Flow Waterjet steel cutters that will cut steel sheets with water using a pressure of some 95, 000 PSI at the rate of some 36 meters per minute accompanied by a accuracy of one-thuosandth of one inch.
Some of the initial Hyperloop parts that are to be manufactured at this plant during the first phase. This period will also be used in manufacturing of first few joints between supporting columns and Hyperloop’s tube along with the cradles that are capable of protecting and holding the tubes prior installation. Local as well as state officials in Nevada have been credited for their special assistance in construction of this plant.
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