A New Hyperloop System is Expected to Connect European Cities by 2021
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Dutch team has won this year’s SpaceX Hyperloop competition and a tech startup has already built a full-scale initial testing site for the project. The goal they set is to connect Amsterdam and Paris using a Hyperloop system by 2021.
A Dutch team from the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft) has won this year’s SpaceX competition in developing the next generation of extra-fast technology for transport, and they have already set up a testing center.
Except for Slovakia and the Czech Republic it looks like the Netherlands would be the next European country to have a Hyperloop.
A Dutch tech startup Hardt Global Mobility, the Dutch national railway NS, construction company BAM and the TU Delft will cooperate in realizing the team’s idea, which for the first step will include building the 30 meter (98 foot) tube.
“In this facility we will test all systems that don’t require high speeds,” Hardt CEO Tim Houter said. “So think about the levitation system, but also the propulsion system, but really important, all the safety systems will be tested in this low-speed but full-scale testing facility.”
The project’s testing in the initial round was supported with founding in the amount of $675,000. For accomplishing the set goal of setting up a Hyperloop system between Amsterdam and Paris by 2021 and for all the further needed high-speed tests lined by 2019 the team will need much more financial support.
"We're going to test all systems that you need to test before you can actually start building a route between two cities so: top speed, taking corners, switching lanes, making it as safe as possible," Houter added.
First Hyperloop was a transportation system for people and cargo proposed by SpaceX’s founder and CEO Elon Musk in 2013. The systhem features pods traveling through tubes or tunnels with a speed of roughly 1,126 k/h (700 mph).
Except for the already mentioned European sites, other Hyperloop projects are already in progress in Canada, Los Angeles, and Dubai.