Hyperloop One is testing its propulsion system in the Nevada desert today

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Hyperloop One Here’s a look at the sled Hyperloop One is testing in North Las Vegas today. 4 more images in gallery In North Las Vegas today, a startup called Hyperloop One propelled a 10-foot-long sled down a track, accelerating it to 116 mph before it hit a patch of sand on the tracks. The test took about four seconds, USA Today reported . The test of Hyperloop One’s propulsion system is just one step of many on the path to achieve a dream put forth by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who first drew up a plan to transport people at 760mph in low-pressure tubes in 2013. Musk decided not to pursue this business venture, which he called Hyperloop, but his whitepaper spawned two rival Hyperloop companies and an international student engineer competition . Hyperloop One, formerly known Hyperloop Technologies, announced its name change on Tuesday, hoping to differentiate itself from Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), which has also made considerable headway in research and development of such a transportation system. HTT announced on Monday that it had exclusively licensed passive magnetic levitation technology that would serve to keep Hyperloop pods off the track, minimizing friction as they speed through a tube. Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Hyperloop One is testing its propulsion system in the Nevada desert today

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