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Hyperloop arrives in Nevada desert for testing

The first materials of a futuristic form of transport known as a hyperloop have arrived at a test site in Nevada.

California's Interstate 5 could be the first to benefit from a Hyperloop.
California’s Interstate 5 could be the first to benefit from a Hyperloop. Image by Eric Norris / CC BY 2.0

The materials, which include 20 massive tubes, will be used to create a test track on a 50-acre property called Apex Industrial Park in Nevada. Once complete, the tubes will house a track over which a “pod” will carry passengers. The tubes create a partial vacuum through which the pods can travel along a track over a thin layer of air, similar to how a puck glides over an air hockey table. The design solves current problems of friction and wind resistance experienced by high-speed and maglev trains. The top speed of the hyperloop is estimated to be 620mph. Early proposals have pinpointed the I-5 corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles as prime territory for the hyperloop, with an estimated transit time of only 35 minutes.

Read more: bbc.com