Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Branson's Virgin Group joins Hyperloop One project

Branson's Virgin Group joins Hyperloop One project

But in order to build an operational system in the short timespan Hyperloop wants to achieve, it not only has to prove the technology is capable of safely reaching the super-fast speeds Hyperloop One proclaims it can hit.

The British investor added that he was delighted to partner with the co-founders, Executive Chairman Shervin Pishevar and President of Engineering Josh Giegel, who previously worked at Virgin Galactic. The pods float above the tube's surface using magnetic levitation and are propelled via electric propulsion.

Virgin Hyperloop One and similar companies still face obstacles before they can make their commercial debuts, including securing funds from governments to invest in the service and assuring passengers the high-speed tubes are safe for travel. "Virgin is an iconic brand and having Richard as an ally will help strengthen our mission to spread Hyperloop One throughout the world".

Previous estimates for hyperloop journey times include a 338-mile route between Glasgow, Edinburgh and Liverpool in 38 minutes. Earlier this year, the company completed its first test track outside Las Vegas.

The hyperloop tube is 3.3 metres wide and the pod inside can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 1.85 seconds.

"This is an incredibly innovative and exciting new way to move people and things at airline speeds on the ground", Branson said on Virgin Group's website.

"From our airlines to our trains to our spaceline, we have always been passionate about innovation in transport too, especially the development of technology that could transform people's lives", Branson said in a statement. "This is just the latest example", Branson said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Musk is now working part-time on a similar project, called The Boring Company. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

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