tech2 News StaffMar 23, 2017 17:23:07 IST
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has just announced that it is in process to construct its first full scale Passenger Hyperloop Capsule. The company said that processes are underway and that it will officially unveil the finished product in early 2018 at HTT’s R&D center in Toulouse, France for integration and optimisation.
The company says that it has invested three years into the capsule's design, research, and analysis. It will be used in the Hyperloop commercial systems once the foundation of the fast mode of travel around the world is in place. The passenger capsule are said to be built in collaboration with Carbures S.A., which is a leading expert in fuselage and advanced materials construction in both aeronautics and aerospace.
HTT has revealed the final specs for the capsule. It will be 30-meters in length and 2.7-meters in diameter. It will weigh about 20 tons and will have the capacity to carry 28-40 passengers. As for the speeds, it can go up to 1,223 kmph.
“We are building the world’s first full scale passenger hyperloop capsule. We are taking a passenger first approach to guarantee that safety is always our number one concern. It has been crucial in our development to go past the simple requirements of freight in order to build a better and safer system for everyone,” said HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn.
“This is a fascinating project utilizing our expertise and technology around the world,” said Carbures Cofounder and Chairman Rafael Contreras. “We are pleased to work in this innovative, global, and important project.”
“Carbures is a consolidated leader in the structural composites world with over 15 years of experience,” said HTT Board Member Ramón Betolaza. “With over 1000 employees, eight manufacturing plants and five engineering centers, they are the perfect partner for HTT.”
Carbures works on a global level with fuselages for the aviation industry. Their global positioning is especially well placed for the growing number of regions, including France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates, currently working with HTT to develop Hyperloop systems with more regions to be announced soon.
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