First passengers ride on Richard Branson’s levitating pod hyperloop system

Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop has completed the world’s first passenger ride on a super high-speed levitating pod system, the company said on Sunday, a key safety test for technology it hopes will transform human and cargo transportation.

Virgin Hyperloop executives Josh Giegel, its chief technology officer, and Sara Luchian, director of passenger experience, reached speeds of up to 172km/h at the company’s DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, Nevada, the company said.

“I had the true pleasure of seeing history made before my very eyes,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of Virgin Hyperloop and group chairman and chief executive of DP World.

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop envisions a future where floating pods packed with passengers and cargo hurtle through vacuum tubes at 966km/h or faster.

In a hyperloop system, which uses magnetic levitation to allow near-silent travel, a trip between New York and Washington would take just 30 minutes. That would be twice as fast as a commercial jet flight and four times faster than a high-speed train.

  • NZ’s small to medium sized companies cannot afford to be innovative on a scale which transforms our lives.

  • Bigger companies have more resources and through their competitive promotion systems a greater chance of smarter and better educated people leading.

  • That is why DeepThink proposed a covid and economic response strategy in June 2020 which includes:

    • Analysis of NZ to establish which sectors have the highest potential for returns (which I’m guessing won’t include rail and skypath). Sir Peter Gluckman has made a start for free, what is the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor doing?

    • Using the levers of Government to allow businesses in high return sectors to thrive while improving productivity, wages, and minimising adverse effects on the environment.

  • The plan needs to be communicated openly and transparently to all New Zealanders, including budgets, objectives, measures, and the predicted financial/social returns on taxpayer funded investments.

  • The NZ public / media should then be given access to regular reporting to show their tax money is being spent wisely (in Dec 2019 National calculated Shane Jones’ PGF spent $484,000 per job created)