Details of Hyperloop Test Track Construction Available

Some more details of Hyperloop One’s test track in Nevada are now available. Construction permits for electrical work at the track revealed some very important details.

The facility at the Apex Industrial Park in North Las Vegas is supposed to be the site of the first test of a full scale Hyperloop system later this year. Permits filed with Clark County and the City of North Las Vegas reveal costs and other information, The Las Vegas Review Journal reported.

Some of the most important details uncovered by The Review Journal include:

  • The motor that will power Hyperloop One’s test vehicle will cost $350,000.

  • The structure that will control the Hyperloop’s speed will cost around $390,000.

  • The test track will consist of 4.6 miles (6.43 kilometers) of tube when it is completed.

  • The track will be built in three phases. The first 3,300 foot (1,006 meter) length of tube was supposed to be completed in September 2016.

  • The second two mile (3.22 kilometer) phase was supposed be done in December 2016. If that’s true the track is largely complete right now.

  • A third 2.6 mile (4.8 kilometer) stretch of test tube is planned but no dates for its construction were revealed.

  • Another construction permit indicates that the steel tubes used for the Hyperloop test track will cost $1.5 million.

  • The tubes will be 11 feet (3.35 meters) in diameter.

  • The tubes will be placed on pylons that will be nine feet (2.74 meters) above the ground.

  • Hyperloop One will construct two tents for the system. One will be used for vehicle station and the other will contain a vacuum system.

  • Hyperloop One is planning to test manned pods in North Las Vegas. The Review Journal noted that it placed a help wanted ads for somebody to “monitor the health of people in enclosed tight spaces.” That sounds like the passengers inside a Hyperloop pod.

Hyperloop One has some more competition, its former Chief Technology Officer Brogan BamBrogan told Fortune he is hiring engineers for this company Arrivo. The Review Journal reported that Arrivo had a website but your blogger was unable to find it.

It looks as if Hyperloop is closer to reality than we thought. Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd’s promise of a “Kitty Hawk Moment” this Spring might come true.

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