World’s First Full Scale Hyperloop Capsule Begins Construction

World’s First Full Scale Hyperloop Capsule Begins Construction

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has begun construction of the world’s first full-scale Passenger Hyperloop™ Capsule. HTT is one of a handful of startups that have been working toward developing the concept – a mode of passenger and freight transportation capable of propelling a pod-shaped vehicle through a vacuum-like tube. SpaceX, the company that conceived the idea in 2012, describes the concept as the “fifth mode of transportation.”

Construction is underway for delivery and the official reveal will be in early 2018 at HTT’s R&D center in Toulouse, France. The capsule will then be utilized in a commercial system that will also be announced soon. The capsule is 30 meters (98.5 feet) long, 2.7 meters (9 feet) wide. It weighs 20 tons, can hold 28-40 passenger and can reach speeds up to 760 mph.

HTT’s passenger capsule is being built in collaboration with Carbures S.A., a technological industrial group that specializes in the manufacturing of composite parts and structures, including fuselages for Airbus and Boeing.

“Carbures is a consolidated leader in the structural composites world with over 15 years of experience,” said HTT Board Member Ramón Betolaza. “With over 1000 employees, eight manufacturing plants and five engineering centers, they are the perfect partner for HTT.”

HTT adds that Carbures’ global positioning is well placed for the growing number of regions, including France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates, which are working with HTT to develop Hyperloop™ systems.

Hyperloop interior | wired
Hyperloop interior | wired


Eleven months ago, HTT announced the capsule will be made with a carbon fiber composite material, dubbed “Vibranium” after the fictional material used to protect Captain America. Hyperloop collaborated with Slovakian materials firm c2i on the composite, which will cover the inside and outside of its capsules.

In addition to the startup companies working to develop Hyperloop pods, students from all over the world are creating designs. This year, SpaceX hosted the first ever Hyperloop Competition Weekend – a test among university students at 30 universities around the world to produce the best possible prototype of a Hyperloop pod. The winning design came from a Dutch university that also incorporated carbon fiber composites as the main structural elements. That design will be featured in next month’s edition of Composites Manufacturing.

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I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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