Transport of the future: perspectives Hyperloop in Russia

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California company Hyperloop One of shervin Pishevar and President of the technology division of this company Josh Hagel told TASS on the prospects of the emergence of Russia they developed bullet train and explained why their work inspires the example of Peter I.

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The project of creating a Hyperloop transport system was proposed by the American investor Elon Musk. His idea is that in the special pipes in which the air is extremely thin, with a speed of 1220 kilometers per hour will move the capsule with passengers or cargo. The project is Hyperloop One. There are appropriate plans in relation to Russia.

In January of this year, the Ministry of transport announced the establishment of a working group on the development of Hyperloop technologies in the transport complex of the country. Deputy Minister of transport of Russia Alan Lushnikov during a speech in Moscow in July did not rule out that Russia may become the second country after the United States, where the project will be a Hyperloop.

Meanwhile Hagel believes that high-speed trains of this type may appear first in the USA and in some other state, including, possibly, in Russia. Answering the question, in what country, in his opinion, before start to operate the transport system, the expert indicated: “I would be very surprised if the US were the first”. In his opinion, “many other countries are more progressive from the point of view of regulatory standards and licensing”.

Specialist pointed out that currently the company is in talks about the possibility of creating bullet trains in the UAE, Finland and the Netherlands. Hyperloop One expect to begin construction in 2021, although where exactly is unclear, he said.

As pointed out Hagel, the application of this technology to travel between cities that are at a great distance from each other, can be as easy as “between metro stations”. The expert suggested that, for example, on the train Hyperloop can get you from St. Petersburg to Moscow faster than by plane.

“I hope he refers with approval and believes that we do well, the specialist said. — But I think for the most part we do our thing, and he’s pretty busy with SpaceX, Tesla and SolarCity”.

And Pishevar, and Hagel stressed that they find extremely successful the last test, which was conducted by the company. So, on August 2 Hyperloop One announced that for the first time tested in conditions of technical vacuum capsule XP-1, which in the future should become the car of a bullet train.

The tests were held on 28 July in the grounds DevLoop in Nevada. It is, in fact, a huge pipeline, which was installed on the overpass in the desert. The diameter of the tunnel is 3.3 m, its total length is 500 m away.

During the last test staff Hyperloop One was placed in the tunnel, which was nearly pumped out all the air, a special mobile platform. In the future it will be the chassis of the train. On the platform mounted capsule XP-1 constructed from aluminum and carbon fiber. Representatives of the company first demonstrated its July 12, Shuttle cars, the company plans to apply for the carriage of goods and passengers.

During trial start XP-1 dispersed up to a speed of approximately 310 km/h, the capsule traveled more than 430 m. As noted in the company, thus, we conducted a second phase of testing key elements of the Hyperloop.

On successful completion of the first phase of the firm’s representatives also reported on 12 July, although it ended in may. During it experts Hyperloop One tested in only DevLoop mobile platform. She accelerated in the tunnel to a speed of 112 km/h and overcome 160 m in 5.3 seconds.

“We have experienced very capsule and much more complex control system, braking and everything else — said Hagel, speaking on held in July test. — By and large, this test was much more difficult than the one that took place three months ago. Now we are much closer to the stage when we can begin production”.

We managed to make a huge leap, said Pishevar, evaluating the work done. “Since the company’s founding two and a half years, our team — Josh (Hagel — approx. TASS) and others — in fact, came all the way from the idea to the point that we now present to the world, he said. — Now is our finest hour, we can demonstrate our range in Nevada and that it really works.”

According to Geigel, during the third phase of test experts will focus mostly on aerial gateway, which limits the flow of air in tunnels, on which the train moves. As expected, this work could be completed in October.