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Hyperloop is a new mode of transport first envisioned by Tesla and Space CEO Elon Musk. It consists of a low-pressure environment taking the form of a tube in which pods travel at high-speed.

Several people brought forward similar ideas, but the term and specific system was first revealed to the public in a white paper published by Musk and a few engineers at Tesla and SpaceX in 2013.

He open-sourced the concept and several startups have since launched efforts to make the concept a reality.

Hyperloop Stories July 22, 2018

Electrek (Seth and myself) are in Hawthorne today for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition where teams of engineers and students are going to try to break some speed records with prototype pods of this new mode of transportation.

We are going to bring you as much as possible through our social media platforms and this post is going to be the hub for the event.

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Hyperloop Stories April 30, 2018

Virgin Hyperloop One, previously known as Hyperloop One before they secured a new investment from Richard Branson’s Virgin, has announced a new partnership with DP World for a new ultra-fast hyperloop cargo system with global ambitions. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories April 4, 2018

Virgin Hyperloop One, previously known as Hyperloop One before they secured a new investment from Richard Branson’s Virgin, is still pushing to bring its hyperloop system to market and they released a full-scale working pod prototype in their test tube track. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories February 27, 2018

Most companies working on hyperloop systems are currently focused on the actual low-pressure tunnel and propulsion sub-systems and not the interior of the passenger pods.

But Virgin Hyperloop One has been making some progress and now they are unveiling their first hyperloop pod interior design. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories February 20, 2018

Hyperloop One hasn’t been in the news as much since they secured a new investment from Richard Branson’s Virgin and changed their name, but now they are coming back into the spotlight with a deal presented as “historic”.

They signed an agreement with India to build a major hyperloop system between Pune and Mumbai. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories December 19, 2017

Virgin Hyperloop One, previously known as Hyperloop One until a large investment from Virgin in October, made several announcements this week.

The company announced that it achieved a new record speed in its test loop in Nevada, raised another $50 million, and made Richard Branson its new Chairman. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories August 31, 2017

SpaceX’s second Hyperloop Pod Competition ended last weekend and WARR team won with a top speed of 201 mph (324 km/h) achieved in 0.8 mile in SpaceX’s 1-mile long near vacuum tube.

Now Elon Musk shows what a machine built by Tesla and SpaceX can do in the same hyperloop. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories August 28, 2017

As we reported last week, Elon Musk’s Boring Company received a green light from the city of Hawthorne to build a 2-mile long tunnel.

Now the CEO teases Tesla’s all-electric Model S in the tunnel – giving us a glimpse of what his vision of a network of tunnels alleviating traffic in cities could look like. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories August 4, 2017

Elon Musk surprised quite a few people last month when he revealed that his latest plans to dig tunnels would include a proposed underground hyperloop between New York and Washington DC.

The plans for his ‘Boring Company’ were previously limited to networks of tunnels under cities, but the new hyperloop project raised an interesting question: who will be building the hyperloop technology for the project?

The answer is apparently Elon Musk’s own Boring Company. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories August 2, 2017

After announcing “the successful completion of the world’s first full systems Hyperloop test in a vacuum environment” last month, Hyperloop One is now releasing the details of a new test with their actual pod in their vacuum test tube.

They achieved a new top speed of 192 mph (310 km an hour). expand full story

Hyperloop Stories July 20, 2017

Elon Musk just casually announced on Twitter that he received “verbal government approval” for The Boring Company, his new tunnel boring startup, to build an underground Hyperloop system connecting New York city, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC.

The system would be fast enough to travel “city center to city center” between New York City and Washington DC in just 29 minutes, according to Musk. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories July 12, 2017

Hyperloop One, one of the main companies developing the new mode of transportation envisioned by Elon Musk, announced today “the successful completion of the world’s first full systems Hyperloop test in a vacuum environment.”

Surprisingly, this test was privately conducted on May 12, 2017 at the company’s test track in Nevada, known as the ‘DevLoop’, and they are only now disclosing it. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories June 7, 2017

After unveiling 11 potential routes for the high-speed transportation system in the US, Hyperloop One is now announcing 9 new potential European routes.

While it doesn’t mean that any of them will actually be built, those are currently the most likely routes to be among the first regions to get a new high-speed transportation system. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories May 1, 2017

Elon Musk discusses future plans for Tesla and his other endeavors with curator Chris Anderson at a TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada, April 28, 2017. The transcript below is an attempt to capture the conversation as accurately as possible. 

Chris: Elon. Hey, welcome back to TED. It’s great to have you here.

Elon: Thanks for having me.

Chris: So, in the next half hour or so we’re going to spend some time exploring your vision for what an exciting future might look like, which I guess makes my first question a little ironic. Why are you boring?

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Hyperloop Stories April 6, 2017

While Hyperloop One has been making great technical progress in the US on the high-speed transportation system first envisioned by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the interest for actual deployment of the system has been way greater outside of the states, like in Dubai for example.

But today, the company attempts to change that by revealing the US routes with the most potential. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories March 8, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to hold a meeting with officials and business leaders today to discuss his $1 trillion infrastructure program.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk will be present at the meeting, according to a White House official talking to Reuters. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories March 7, 2017

In another “it’s actually happening” moment with the hyperloop today, we get an updated look at what is probably the most advanced hyperloop system developed so far. We saw SpaceX’s test track earlier this year, but the mile-long tube that the rocket company built is only meant for testing propulsion systems and it isn’t full-scale.

Hyperloop One’s track in Nevada is the first that could support a full-scale pod to carry people and cargo. The company released the first pictures of their progress since installing the first tube last November. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories February 16, 2017

 

There’s a big hole in the middle of the parking lot of SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. CEO Elon Musk already announced that it would be used to test new digging techniques under development by his new ‘Boring Company’ in order to increase tunneling speed.

Musk has now elaborated a little more on his plan for the new company and on the first hole in Los Angeles, which he described as the beginning of a ‘vast underground transportation network’ for cars and the hyperloop.  expand full story

Hyperloop Stories January 29, 2017

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SpaceX held a Hyperloop Pod Competition this weekend at their facility in Hawthorne, CA, and earlier today Elon gave the crowd a short speech talking about transportation innovation, efficiency, and his new “boring” company focused on building tunnels to alleviate traffic, showing that his recent focus on tunnels is probably related to how he sees hyperloop developing as underground, rather than overground, transport.

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Hyperloop Stories January 27, 2017

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SpaceX is holding the last phase of its first ‘Hyperloop Pod Competition’ this weekend at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Surprisingly and despite some startups making significant progress, this mostly-student competition could represent the most advanced hyperloop technology demonstration since Elon Musk first published the idea back in 2013. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories December 1, 2016

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While Hyperloop One, the main startup developing hyperloop technologies and deployment projects, is moving full steam ahead with its test track in Nevada and several full-scale projects around the world, another startup called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc. (HTT) is also trying to carve itself a place in the space.

Hyperloop One has been taken more seriously than HTT since it has been backed with more money from serious investors, but today the company announced that Hyperloop One is not the only hyperloop company capable of raising capital and confirmed a $30 million round of investment and a $100 million total investment to date, but that’s based on some unconventional math to say the least. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories November 15, 2016

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In another “it’s really happening” moment with the hyperloop following the announcement of a new system in development in Dubai, Hyperloop One announced today that it installed the very first tube of its “DevLoop” in North Las Vegas. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories November 11, 2016

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As we reported earlier this week, Hyperloop One signed a deal with the Transport Authority in Dubai (RTA) to bring a hyperloop network between Dubai and Abu Dhabi and other Emirates. They expect to be able to travel the ~90 miles (150 km) separating the two cities in just 12 minutes.

The company has been working on designs for the terminals at each end of the hyperloop system and they have released some fairly advanced renders. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories November 8, 2016

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Hyperloop One, the main company developing the hyperloop system envisioned by Elon Musk, had two big announcements today. While they are still working on their full-scale prototype track in North Las Vegas, the company unveiled the concept for their entire system – revealing that they also plan to address the last mile and not just the long distance transport.

With the unveiling of the new system, the company announced a deal with the Transport Authority in Dubai (RTA) to bring a hyperloop network between Dubai and Abu Dhabi and other Emirates. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories October 31, 2016

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There’s a lot to be excited about in the Hyperloop space for the next few months, which could be decisive in proving that this new mode of transport can work or whether it’s just “pie in the sky” as some skeptics are claiming.

First, we have the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition that should be pretty fun to watch, but in term of overall full-scale infrastructure, Hyperloop One’s project is the one to watch and should come not long after SpaceX’s event in January. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories October 21, 2016

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About 2 dozen teams of students and engineers are creating hyperloop pods to compete and try to achieve the greatest speed and control on the 1-mile track for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Competition. As we reported earlier this month, the track is quickly taking shape in front of SpaceX’s HQ in Hawthorne, so we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at some of the pods that will compete on it. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories October 13, 2016

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Everything points toward Dubai, especially its port, being the first place to get a full-scale commercial hyperloop system. It was announced in August that DP World, one of the world’s biggest marine port operator, including of Dubai’s Port of Jebel Ali, inked a deal with Hyperloop One, the main company developing a hyperloop system, and DP World, in order to evaluate and develop a potential ‘Hyperloop cargo offloader’ at the port.

Now today DP World announced that it is investing $50 million in Hyperloop One to help the company complete its full-scale test track in Nevada and bring the concept one step closer to the first commercial system.

Update: Hyperloop One reached out to note that DP World is leading the $50 million, but they are other investors too though without naming them.  expand full story

Hyperloop Stories October 6, 2016

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A little over a month ago, we reported on tubes for SpaceX’s Hyperloop test track starting to show up at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne. Now they already have the entire 1-mile track up along the road ahead of the pod competition. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories September 1, 2016

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Today is without a doubt a bad day for SpaceX. In preparation for its static fire test, one of its Falcon 9 rockets exploded in Cape Canaveral, Florida, earlier this morning :

The company confirmed the loss of the Falcon 9 rocket and its $200 million payload, the Amos-6 telecom satellite. But at Electrek we don’t really report on spaceflight (even though it’s awesome), we report on electric transport, and there’s actually SpaceX news related to electric transport today. And it’s good news. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories August 16, 2016

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Dubai is continuously showing interest in hyperloop systems and today, they interest manifested by inking a deal between Hyperloop One, the main company developing a hyperloop system, and DP World, one of the world’s biggest marine port operator, in order to evaluate and develop a potential ‘Hyperloop cargo offloader’ at Dubai’s Port of Jebel Ali. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories August 9, 2016

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The United Arab Emirates, one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, will be hosting the “Build Earth Live” contest next month (September) which would specifically focus on the development of the Hyperloop system between Dubai and Fujairah.

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Hyperloop One, formerly Hyperloop Tech, who we have seen demonstrate their propulsion mechanism and showcase their ‘tube deformer,’ has now has stated their interest in implementing the high-speed transportation system underwater for the movement of cargo shipments.

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Hyperloop Stories July 12, 2016

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If you follow Electrek, you know we are big fans of the Hyperloop concept and we are following closely the companies working to make it a reality. Hyperloop One, the company arguably making the most progress with already a full-scale test track under construction (pictured above) and several deals to develop routes, is now under scrutiny after one of the co-founders left and is now suing the company along with other executives. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories July 4, 2016

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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. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories June 21, 2016

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Hyperloop may not be coming to California anytime soon but that doesn’t mean other global municipalities aren’t investigating the super-fast, vacuum tube transportation system. This week, Hyperloop-One announced that it was in talks with Moscow-based Summa Group, a Russian port, telecom and oil business headed by mysterious billionaire Ziyavudin Magomedov, to explore building the transportation system that is expected to eventually surpass the speed of sound.

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Hyperloop Stories June 17, 2016

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The picture above is an actual section of the first full-scale hyperloop test track currently taking shape in North Las Vegas. The 3 km full-scale and full speed enclosed prototype with a low-pressure environment will be used as a test track for Hyperloop One’s technology.

The company announced that it raised over $100 million – enough to build the track – and it hopes to bring the first commercial version to market by 2021. While generally regarded as the frontrunner to build the first hyperloop, Hyperloop One is not the only company developing the new mode of transportation envisioned by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories June 8, 2016

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Hyperloop One, one of the main companies working on full-scale hyperloop systems, shared images of its latest creation: the ‘tube deformer’.  In order for a hyperloop transport system to become a reality, it will be extremely important to bring the cost of the track (or tube) down.

Making the assembly process as simple as possible will go a long way in reducing the cost per mile and that’s exactly what the ‘tube deformer’ does. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories May 11, 2016

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Today, Hyperloop One, following yesterday’s name change from Hyperloop Tech and the announcement of the ‘Hyperloop One Global Challenge’, unveiled its propulsion system for its own hyperloop technology at its open air test track in North Las Vegas.

The company went one step further and offered a demonstration of its full-scale system prototype, which was built in less than 6 months according to CEO Rob Lloyd. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories May 10, 2016

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Hyperloop Tech, one of the main companies developing hyperloop technologies and now renamed “Hyperloop One”, launched today the ‘Hyperloop One Global Challenge’ to find the locations, develop and construct the world’s first hyperloop networks.

The challenge invites teams from anywhere on Earth to put forward a comprehensive package for commercial, transport, economic, and policy case for their cities, regions, or countries to be considered to host the first hyperloop networks.

The goal is to get people, all levels of government and investors involved in the project to facilitate the implementation of the new mode of transport, while Hyperloop One would take care of the technical side of the hyperloop system. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories May 9, 2016

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Hyperloop Tech, a VC funded startup developing the technologies require to build the first hyperloop transportation system, is reportedly about to make an important announcement later this week.

The company invited the media to its test site at Apex Industrial Park in the city of North Las Vegas, Nevada, where it is building a hyperloop test track – picture above. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories March 14, 2016

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Hyperloop technologies (HT) co-founders Shervin Pishevar and Brogan BamBrogan were at the Launch Festival last week and sat down with Jason Calacanis to discuss the latest progress in making Elon Musk’s fifth mode of transportation a reality. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories March 10, 2016

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), not to be confused with Hyperloop Technologies (HT), announced today that the company has reached an agreement with the Slovakian government to explore potential routes for a hyperloop which could connect to Austria and Hungary.

HTT’s hyperloop concept is based on Elon Musk’s idea to create a new mode of transport in a reduced-pressure environment, taking the form of a tube, in which it will be easier to transport people or cargo in “pods” at high-speed and efficiency. In HTT’s case, it could as fast as 760 mph.  expand full story

Hyperloop Stories March 8, 2016

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After SpaceX announced the Hyperloop Pod Competition last year, hundreds of teams submitted design packages, 124 teams passed the screening round and moved forward to the ‘Design Weekend’, where a panel of judges consisting of Tesla and SpaceX engineers selected 23 winners.

The winning teams shared ~$250,000 in cash to help them build their pod prototypes for the final phase of the competition which will take the form of a race on SpaceX’s upcoming test track, but most teams are also courting sponsors since the cost of a pod prototype is estimated to be well into the 5 figures. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories February 9, 2016

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Hyperloop Tech co-founder and CTO Brogan Bambrogan was at the World Government Summit to pitch the Hyperloop to a crowd of government officials and world leaders today. You can watch his full pitch below: expand full story

Hyperloop Stories February 5, 2016

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Electrek has learned that Hyperloop Tech, a well-funded private company developing Elon Musk’s hyperloop, recently hired the man behind the failed ‘UK Ultraspeed’ maglev project to lead the company’s global business development for passenger systems. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories February 1, 2016

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SpaceX and Texas A&M University hosted the ‘Design Weekend’ phase of the ‘Hyperloop Pod Competition’ this weekend and a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came in first place for having the best design by a student team, while the rLoop team from Reddit won the best design by a non-student team.

The picture above is rLoop’s trophy and yes, it is signed by Elon Musk.  expand full story

Hyperloop Stories January 29, 2016

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From time to time, Reddit comes together and does something awesome. Whether it be gifting supplies to teachers or sending thousands of letters to a terminally ill man. Although quite different from the previous examples, the rLoop project is undoubtedly Reddit at its best.

Since SpaceX announced the Hyperloop Pod Competition last year, over 100 teams from universities and other organisations have created and submitted their design to compete for a chance to build and race their pod on SpaceX’s upcoming test track. rLoop is one of those teams. expand full story

Hyperloop Stories January 28, 2016

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This weekend, Texas A&M University will be hosting SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition’s “Design Weekend”. Over 1,000 students and engineers forming 124 teams are competing for a chance to build their own Hyperloop pod prototypes and race them at SpaceX’s upcoming test track. expand full story

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