Hyperloop One 1st Public Propulsion Test A Success [Video]

May 11, 2016

8:05 pm

Today I attended the first public propulsion test of Hyperloop One at their test site in northern Las Vegas. This was the first successful public test of this nature for the company that just yesterday announced a name change, new partners, and a new round of funding. The grandstands were filled with media, investors, and partners for this historic test. The video (below) shows the successful propulsion open-air test (POAT) that accelerated at 2 g-force before hitting a patch of sand about 100 yards or so down the track.

The team led by CEO Rob Floyd, Cofounder Shervin Pishevar, and CTO Brogan BamBrogan shared their thanks for the Nevada government for helping to make this historic day possible. The video (below) shares some insights on the next steps and the gratitude for the positive working partnership with city and state governments in Nevada.

According to the company, local government participation has been pivotal for Hyperloop One in Nevada as leaders were instrumental in the rapid development of the test site in North Las Vegas.

“The State of Nevada prides itself on attracting innovative businesses and welcomes ideas that improve the way that people live, both locally and globally,” said Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada. “We believe that Hyperloop One will develop the next mode of transportation while also providing a significant revenue stream and job opportunities for Nevadans. This company will be an anchor at the Apex Industrial Park and I look forward to a successful partnership for years to come.”

This was truly an exciting day but is just the beginning as the company still has a long way to go before it’s ready to make an impact. The next step is the Hyperloop One Global Challenge which launched yesterday and will crowdsource ideas and possible homes for the first fully operational Hyperloop One line.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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