A concept first conceived by Elon Musk in 2013, the hyperloop theoretically can send aluminum pods filled with passengers or cargo through a almost airless tube at speeds of up to 750 miles per hour.
And while that's not the lighting-fast speed that Hyperloop Ones says it's futurist transport system could go, the company says this test-conducted privately on May 12-is only Phase 1.
In a blog post following the trial run, Co-founders Josh Geigel and Shervin Pishevar expressed their optimism about the future of the transportation system. The next phase of testing will showcase the Pod gliding along a longer track at faster speeds.
Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One likened its May test run to the inaugural flight of the Wright Brothers over Kitty Hawk, N.C., in 1903.
In the test, Hyperloop says it's vehicle traveled the first portion of a track using magnetic levitation in a vacuum environment, and reached 70 miles per hour.
The test sled utilized magnetic levitation and was propelled by electrical charges, coasting through the Hyperloop tube for 5.3 seconds.
All of these developments do seem to back up Pishevar's claim, Hyperloop is indeed here.
"Hyperloop One has accomplished what no one has done before by successfully testing the first full scale Hyperloop system". The company says that it will continue to run tests as it lengthens the track during Phase 2 testing.
Hyperloop One also announced on Wednesday that it has built a prototype pod created to carry people or cargo through the systems low-pressure tubes.
"For the first time in over 100 years, a new mode of transportation has been introduced".
Hyperloop One is also looking at possible locations to build a full-scale system. "Now that we've tested our Hyperloop system, we know it works, and we're ready to deploy it to the rest of the world". Made of structural aluminum and a lightweight carbon fiber, the shell measures 28 feet long.
That brings us to today's announcement: A video of the first full-scale test of the technology in a vacuum tube, which took place out in the Nevada desert. It appears the Hyperloop One company has managed to take Elon Musk's idea the furthest.