Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) has provided the first look at its full-scale passenger hyperloop capsule, which will be used as the main vehicle along designated routes.
The capsule, dubbed Quintero One, is constructed almost completely out of HyperloopTT’s Vibranium — a specially made, dual-layer, smart composite material. The pod will be built at an aerospace facility in Spain and then delivered to the research and development center in Toulouse, France, for additional assembly and integration into the system. Afterwards, the pod will be tested on one of the first commercial tracks.
The Quintero One passenger capsule will be 32 m in length with the inner cabin measuring 15 m. The entire pod will weigh 5 tons and include 82 carbon fiber panels, 72 sensors, 75,000 rivets and 7,200 m2 of fiber.
HyperloopTT said that by 2019 the capsule will be fully optimized and ready for passengers. HyperloopTT recently started discussions about regulatory framework for a hyperloop system that would include input from governments and other companies. Earlier this year HyperloopTT began construction of its first hyperloop transportation system in Toulouse, with the goal to complete the construction next year.
“In just five years we have solved and improved upon all of the technology needed for Hyperloop with our new levitation system, vacuum pumps, batteries, and smart composites,” said Dirk Ahlborn, HyperloopTT co-founder and CEO. “This capsule will be a part of one of the most efficient transportation systems ever made."