Virgin Hyperloop One conducted its first Hyperloop test 2 years ago -- here's what the company has done since

YouTube / Virgin Hyperloop OneVirgin Hyperloop One is working to have three Hyperloop systems running by 2021.

  • Friday marks the second anniversary of the first major Hyperloop test, conducted by Virgin Hyperloop One in the desert north of Las Vegas in 2016.
  • The test involved a sled travelling down a track at a top speed of 116 mph in an effort to demonstrate the propulsion system that would later carry the company’s full-scale prototypes of Hyperloop pods.
  • Virgin Hyperloop One holds the current Hyperloop test speed record of 240 mph.
  • The company has said it is working to have three Hyperloop systems running by 2021.

Friday marks the second anniversary of the first major Hyperloop test, conducted by Virgin Hyperloop One in the desert north of Las Vegas.

The test involved a sled travelling down a track at a top speed of 116 mph in an effort to demonstrate the propulsion system that would later carry full-scale prototypes of the pods Virgin Hyperloop One will use when it introduces commercial Hyperloop systems. The company has said it is working to have three Hyperloop systems running by 2021.

Hyperloop isa high-speed transit systemfirst proposed by Elon Musk in a 2013 white paper. The system would send passengers in pressurised electric pods through vacuum-sealed tubes at over 600 mph.

Virgin Hyperloop One holds the current Hyperloop test speed record of 240 mph, which the company set in December. In April, Elon Musk has said he will attempt to break the record with a Tesla and SpaceX-branded Hyperloop pod travelling at half the speed of sound “soon.”

While Musk is using his Boring Company to dig underground tunnels that could be used for Hyperloop systems, Virgin Hyperloop One is a leading contender to complete the first commercial Hyperloop system. Virgin Hyperloop One is also working on a Hyperloop system businesses can use to ship goods.

Here’s a look at Virgin Hyperloop One’s history and its plans for the future.


Virgin Hyperloop One was founded in 2014 as Hyperloop Technologies, Inc.


Richard Branson’s Virgin Group announced an investment in the company in October, at which point the company changed its name to Virgin Hyperloop One.


The company’s early ideas for Hyperloop routes have largely been focused in Asia, including India, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.


In December, the company set a test speed record of 240 mph at its test site in Nevada.


On its website, Virgin Hyperloop One says it’s working to have three Hyperloop systems running by 2021.


Check out Virgin Hyperloop’s One latest video below to get a glimpse of how the first Hyperloop test track was built.

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