A new system to travel at speeds exceeding 1,000 kilometers per hour! (Video)

Virgin Hyperloop has released a new video outlining its plans for a transport system that will allow passengers to travel in a semi-vacuum tube, reaching speeds of 670 miles per hour (1,078 kilometers per hour).

The company claims that the system will “set new frontiers for travel in the 21st century” and allow people to travel between cities in a matter of minutes.

The design features a subway-like series of capsules running inside a tube in which a semi-empty environment is maintained, according to the video posted Monday on Twitter.

By virtually eliminating aerodynamic drag, these battery-powered tubes can reach speeds of up to 670 miles per hour while using very little power, according to the company.

She explained that instead of the capsules being connected like train cars, they would travel in convoys, meaning they could go to different destinations.

The capsules could detach from the convoy in a similar way to a car leaving a highway on a ramp, and the system would be able to carry “tens of thousands of passengers per hour, in each direction,” according to the video.

Despite all the excitement, hyperloops remain unproven.

The company, which is affiliated with billionaire Richard Branson, completed its first test with passengers last November. He had previously performed more than 400 vacancies, according to a company press release at the time.

During testing, the vehicle, which resembles an enclosed compartment, reached a speed of only 100mph on the track, the company said. Virgin Hyperloop said its track is 500 meters long, which limits the speed at which the vehicles can travel.

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The company has a long way to go to develop a system that works like the one in the video, according to Marcelo Blumenfield, industrial fellow for introducing innovation at the Birmingham Rail Research and Education Center in England.

“It’s not possible now,” Blumenfeld said, “and we have no idea yet when that will be possible.”

But Blumenfeld points out that even a few days before the Wright brothers’ first flight, people did not believe the man would soar.

Blumenfeld believes that hyperloop technology will come into play at some point over the next few decades, but companies need to decide what type of transmission system they are trying to develop.

Virgin Hyperloop is not alone in the tech, as Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced a concept for a hyperloop system in 2013.

Virgin Hyperloop was founded in 2014. Richard Branson, who made his first tourist space flight last July, joined its board in 2017.


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