A few weeks ago, we reported on Hyperloop One, one of the main companies developing hyperloop technologies, signing a memorandum of understanding with Moscow-based Summa Group, a Russian port, telecom and oil business headed by mysterious billionaire Ziyavudin Magomedov, to explore developing a Hyperloop project in the country.
While the deal was to determine if a project would theoretically be possible, now it seems that a pilot project is planning for an actual system as soon as December, according to Maxim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow in charge of transport.
Russia Today reports Liksutov’s comments made at the Moscow Urban Forum last week:
“In the next few years we’ll see a major breakthrough in the development of technologies which will facilitate our lives… Hopefully, Hyperloop technology will be developed, and, as far as I know, the pilot project will be launched in December. We will see how the theory works in practice,”
Hyperloop One is already building a full-scale test track for its Hyperloop technology in North Las Vegas (pictured above). The 3 km long tube will allow for full speed enclosed prototype testing with a low-pressure environment.
The company recently confirmed having closed a $80 million financing round bringing its total capital raised at over $100 million. With the money, Hyperloop One anticipates completing the North Las Vegas project this summer and start testing right away. It would be safe to presume that the planned project in Russia for December will depend on the results the company gets at its own test track.
As a reminder, Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation envisioned by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. It consists of low-pressure tubes capable of moving pods containing cargo or people at high speeds (over 700 mph in some models).
Earlier this year, Hyperloop One tested its propulsion system for its own pod at its open air test track: