Virgin Hyperloop has just reached one of the most important milestones on the way to the implementation of its new mode of transport plan, namely it carried out the first manned test and it was also successful. In a special DevLoop unit in Nevada, two passengers sat in the transport capsule and made the first course on the high-speed train - although the tunnel was only 500 meters long, it did not allow the target speed to be achieved, but this does not detract from the rank of achievement. As for the mentioned passengers, one of them was obviously not accidental, because the co-founder of the company, Josh Giegel, sat in the cabin.
This is probably the best way to convince everyone of faith in your own idea and show that the new transport is safe. He was also joined by one of the 40 volunteers who volunteered to participate in the first course, and the choice of head of Passenger Experience, Sarah Luchian. Virgin Hyperloop ensured that both of them had previously been tested and properly trained to be prepared for any circumstance and to travel safely. They were both shown around the tube where they were shown various escape points and familiarized with safety procedures in case of any failure.
Moreover, during the tests, passengers had constant contact with the company's engineers, so if something went wrong, they would not be left alone. The ride took place in a completely new second-generation Hyperloop capsule, called the XP-2, known as the Pegasus Pod. It was designed for the comfortable transport of two people. Each seat has five-point seat belts, similar to those found in racing cars, although in the end, runs will be carried out without them. As we Hollywood Thinker to make the first experience, especially in terms of acceleration and braking, more comfortable, and also due to the length of the track, the speed was limited to 172 km / h, while tests in 2017 showed that it could be as high as 386 km / h h. As a representative of Virgin Hyperloop summarizes the whole event in an interview with Engadget: - This is our landing on the moon.