Virgin Hyperloop One to build research centre in Spain
American start-up Virgin Hyperloop One, one of the larger companies worldwide working on the high-speed hyperloop concept envisioned by Elon Musk originally, is going to build a research centre in Spain, together with the Spanish railway network manager, Adif. The news was announced by the two companies on Tuesday.
The 19.000 m2 large construction, worth 500 million dollar or 431 euro, will be built in the little village of Bobadilla, in the province of Malaga (South of Spain). It will be ready by 2020. In the research centre safety parts will be developed and tested.
The concept of a hyperloop consists of vacuüm tubes, in which train capsules called ‘pods’ are hovering magnetically up to speeds of 1.200 kph. The idea of a hyperloop was launched in 2013 by electric car maker, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, organizing a competition at the latter’s test site.
Other companies are developing it, like Californian startup Hyperloop One that added ‘Virgin’ to its name when Virgin-boss Richard Branson stepped in. Virgin Hyperloop One has already done tests in Nevada (USA), where its hyperloop has achieved a 386 kph speed. The company foresees three production systems by 2021.
Other names are Northeast Maglev or Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. The latter, based in Los Angeles witch recently was the first to make a deal with China to build a 10 km hyperloop track at the city of Tongren in the province of Guizhou.
Deal with Chicago
Musk’s The Boring Company made a deal with the city of Chicago to build a high-speed underground connection to its O’Hare airport, 32,2 km from the city centre.
It is a ‘lower speed’ variant of the hyperloop concept with electric shuttles based on the chassis of the Tesla X that will transport 8 to 18 passengers at a time at a speed of 240 kph, shortening traveling time to 12 minutes. himself has made a deal with the city of Chicago