A Swiss startup has announced that it plans to build an ultra-fast hyperloop-type transport system that could move passengers through a tunnel under the Alps at speeds of up to 745 miles per hour (about 1,200 kilometers per hour).
The Swisspod company, based in the city of Monthey, reported has already completed the construction of a test track from a promising system that could complete a trip from Geneva to Zurich in just 17 minutes – one-ninth the time of a typical train journey – with a marginal impact on the carbon footprint.
The futuristic concept of Hyperloop, consisting of a series of capsules that suspended inside a vacuum tube by magnetic levitation, began to gain popularity in 2013 after Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, introduced the project and urged other companies to exploit the idea.
Swisspod believes that it is possible to offer this ultra-fast train service in the next four or five years in Europe and hopes to obtain more details in the coming months for the correct implementation of this technology from the tests that will be carried out. pick up Daily Mail. The company’s CEO and co-founder, Denis Tudor, believes his system could reach speeds of 1,000 to 1,200 kilometers per hour.
The test track has been built with an aluminum alloy at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL), measures 40 meters in diameter and 120 meters long and consists of numerous sensors. One of the novelties that designers seek to try is a low energy consumption linear induction motor.
“With this reduced-scale test track, we will be able to study the fundamentals of the propulsion system and electromagnetic levitation of our capsule. We will use the results to improve the design of the capsule and make the circuit work more efficiently,” commented Mario Paolone, who works on the project.