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Tech & Science Virgin watch out: competing Hyperloop project sets new speed record

05:40  26 november  2020
05:40  26 november  2020 Source:   finanzen.net

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Virgin Hyperloop One has set a new speed record at its Nevada test center. An unmanned test pod reached a speed of nearly 387 km/h (240 mph) while running through an evacuated cylinder depressurized to the equivalent air pressure at an altitude of 200,000 feet (37 mi, 61 km).

Virgin Hyperloop One made history this week, after setting a new speed record with its futuristic travel system. The firm completed a third phase The firm set a test speed record of nearly 240mph (387 kilometres/hour), and tested a new airlock which helps transition test pods between atmospheric

Just a few days after the successful first manned test drive by Virgin Hyperloop, a major South Korean competitor also reached a milestone: the atmospheric pressure, which influences the speed in the Hyperloop concept, was able to by the Korean Railroad Research Institute will be reduced significantly more than was previously possible in the industry.

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• Virgin Hyperloop faces serious competition from South Korea with the KRRI

• The model of a hyper-tube travels at a speed of over 1,000 kilometers per hour

• There may be The first hyper-tube route between Seoul and Busan

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Virgin Hyperloop One has completed its third phase of testing at DevLoop, the world’s first full-scale hyperloop test site, achieving historic test speeds of 387 km/h (240mph). The company also tested a new airlock designed to transition pods between atmospheric and vacuum conditions.

will be launched as early as 2024 The idea that mankind will soon actually be able to move at high speed by train in vacuum tubes is becoming ever more real: while research into Hyperloop technology is still being carried out, manufacturers have Virgin Hyperloop claims to have successfully carried out the first manned test drive on November 8th this year over a distance of 500 meters . Virgin Hyperloop has been one of the largest companies working on this technology alongside HyperloopTT.

hyper-tube: Faster than an airplane

Now a new, serious competitor has arrived: a model train from the Korean Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) has set a new speed record.

This aerodynamic model train called ‘hyper-tube’ is built on a scale of 1:17 and, according to media reports, was brought to a speed of 1,019 kilometers per hour in a vacuum tube on November 12th. That is significantly faster than all previous Hyperloop test drives, during which the trains were accelerated to speeds of 600 to 700 kilometers per hour - not even aircraft can move as fast as the KRRI's hyper-tube.

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Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Hyperloop One sets a new speed record of nearly 240mph in a major step towards launching a global high- speed transport system

KRRI lowers the atmospheric pressure in the tunnel to 0.001 atm.

This maximum speed can be achieved with an enormous reduction in the atmospheric pressure - an "improvement" in the vacuum: according to media reports, this was only 0.001 atm. So far, the competition has only been able to create a vacuum of around 1.0 atm with their vacuum pumps.

The goal of the KRRI has not yet been achieved: Apparently the pressure should be able to be reduced even more, which would increase the speed of the trains. From 2022, the institute wants to carry out tests in full size - for this, however, the vacuum pumps would also have to be even more powerful, because more air has to be sucked out of larger tubes in order to generate such a low atmospheric pressure.

Virgin Hyperloop could be overtaken by the Korean Railroad Research Institute

Virgin Hyperloop also claims to want to reach speeds of over 1,000 kilometers per hour. The British magazine The Independent quotes co-founder Josh Giegel after the successful manned test drive as saying: "Today we have made a giant step towards this ultimate dream [...]."

The plan is for Virgin Hyperloop to receive official safety certification in 2025 and be ready for commercial use by around 2030. Routes in various countries around the world are suggested.

Whether Virgin Hyperloop was not only able to make the first manned test drive in Hyperloop history, but will also open the first Hyperloop route for the public, is still questionable: Because South Korea is apparently planning a hyper-tube as early as 2024 -The route between Seoul and Busan is operational. Olga Rogler / Finanzen.net Editor

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