Indian Engineer Among First Humans to Test-Ride Virgin Hyperloop
Richard Branson’s Hyperloop completed its first test with human passengers at the DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday. The levitating pod system was quick to reach a speed of 107 miles per hour.
“I had the true pleasure of seeing history made before my very eyes,” Virgin Hyperloop Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said as quoted by Reuters.
Among the first humans, who rode the futuristic mode of transport, was a power electronics specialist from India — Tanay Manjrekar.
Manjrekar, who helped the company develop the technology for Virgin Hyperloop, became the first Indian to ride it at 2 am on Monday.
“I am ecstatic and absolutely thrilled to ride in the hyperloop. It is so fulfilling to see the years of hard work, dedication and persistence come to fruition after being part of the team that built it,” Manjrekar told Mumbai Mirror.
“Working on hyperloop – let alone being one of the first to ride it – is truly a dream come true. It is my hope that India sees the tremendous opportunity here and continues to progress on the Mumbai-Pune hyperloop project,” he added.
With its base in Los Angeles, the Hyperloop has developed a mode of transport for the future, where passengers could travel through floating pods in vacuum tubes at a speed of 600 miles an hour or even faster.
The magnetic levitation technique helps the Hyperloop to ensure a near-silent travel experience for the passengers. One could travel from New York to Washington in just 30 minutes by using such a mode of transport. It is twice as fast as an airplane and four times faster than a train.
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