The train of the future, the "Hyperloop", already has its first passenger capsule, a milestone of this new and revolutionary means of transport that will circulate almost at the speed of sound (more than 1,000 kilometers an hour) and that could start circulating in five years.
After five years of design and engineering work, the first real-size built piece of this train, its first capsule of travelers, has seen the light today, in a world presentation held in El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz), in the plant of the multinational of Cadiz origin Carbures.
The technological development, 32 meters long, five tons in weight and that has needed 21,000 hours of engineering, is work of the multinational of Cadiz origin Carbures, specialized in the engineering and manufacture of carbon fiber parts for the aeronautical, automotive and civil engineering sectors.
This same company, which has just changed its name to Airtificial, is also creating the prototype vacuum tube through which the train of the future will travel.
The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Susana Díaz, has been the godmother of this first capsule of travelers, proud that this "world landmark" that will revolutionize transport and that aims to create a more sustainable world also has an "Andalusian accent" and shows "the talent" of "an Andalusia tip that breaks topics. "
The first capsule, named "Quintero One" In memory of the late partner of Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), he will now be transferred to Toulouse (France), where the pieces of his interior will be assembled and the creative process of this means of transport will continue. has its first customers in the Arab Emirates and China.
Dirk Ahlborn has assured today that in three years the first train "Hyperloop" will be ready to take passengers on board and in five it will be ready to be a commercial reality.
"Five years ago we heard many times that it was impossible", pointed out Dirk Ahlborn, who stressed that now nobody doubts that the project will be a reality and that it will create a new industry.
Ahlborn has stressed that, within the "much to be done" still to make the "Hyperloop" a reality, one of the "most complicated" issues will be to create the new regulation that this new means of transport will require. HTT is already working "with governments" in this area.
The Hyperloop may exceed one thousand kilometers per hour of speed, thereby could go from Cádiz to Barcelona in sixty minutes.
Its passenger capsules, which will have capacity for 30 to 40 people, will circulate suspended by vacuum tubes as "a plane without wings".
Its creators ensure that, in addition to its speed, it will have a fundamental advantage over all existing media, its sustainability since will be powered by solar, wind and other alternative systems installed in its same structure.
The trip will be an experience of artificial intelligence through tubes that will be a new element in the landscapes of the future, as now can be the roads or the tracks of trains.
"We are working so that it is integrated into the landscape", explained the responsible of HTT. In fact, the project even studies to create transparent tubes.
According to the calculations of its creators, once the investment is amortized, in about eight or twelve years, the train of the future will be a transport that "earns money" because Your operating costs will be "very low".
The "Hyperloop" will be fully sensorized, so will be known "in real time" any stress of materials or incidence, according to Rafael Contreras, president and founder of Carbures.
With the presentation of this project, Carbures, born 16 years ago from a research group of the University of Cádiz, changes its name. From now on it will be called "Airtificial" to make room for its alliance with the artificial intelligence company Inypsa.
His work for the train of the future is "an exciting journey" with which the multinational wants to help leave a more sustainable planet to the generations of the future, which will normally see windowless capsules that have been presented today in what the Industry defines as "a historic day".
Specifications of the passenger capsule "Quintero One"
Length: 32 meters (105 feet)
Interior Length of the Cabin: 15 meters (50 feet)
Weight: 5,000 kilograms (5 tons)
Other components included:
● 21,000 engineering hours
● 5,000 assembly working hours
● 82 carbon fiber panels
● 72 sensors
● 75,000 rivets
● 7,200 square meters of fiber (1.8 acres)