April 11, 2017

Here’s when the Dubai Hyperloop will be fully operational

The company responsible for bringing the Hyperloop to the UAE has released photos of the system in development.

Just to bring you up to speed, the Los Angeles-based company Hyperloop One is working to produce the world’s first operational Hyperloop transport system, which would allow passengers to travel within the UAE in special pods at 1200 kph. By contrast, a Boeing 747 has a maximum speed of 825kph so traveling between Dubai and Abu Dhabi via the Hyperloop would only take 12 minutes.

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Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd, at the Middle East Rail conference in Dubai last month, shared some pictures of the construction of the first Hyperloop test site in the Nevada desert.

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The DevLoop

The DevLoop, a  full-scale Hyperloop test structure, measures 500 meters long with a diameter of 3.3 meters and weighs more than 1000 tonnes. Hyperloop One projects that a public trial of the DevLoop will be performed during the first half of 2017.

The company claimed that they could have an operational Hyperloop system built in the UAE in the next five years after signing an agreement with the Roads and Transport Authority.

Inner workings

The system’s infrastructure will be comprised of large tubes running through various destinations in the UAE, and the pods will hover in an almost-vacuum inside these tubes. The environment within will be controlled so only a tiny amount of air, creating a sort of suction, will remain in the tubes and allow the pods to move from point to point within the system.

The following is a video of how the system will function once it is fully constructed:

Danish architect and founder of the Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG) design firm Bjarke Ingels, whose design firm is attached to the project, said that the Hyperloop system can change the way we travel around te world.

“Collective commuting with individual freedom at near supersonic speed: we are heading for a future where our mental map of the city is completely reconfigured, as our habitual understanding of distance and proximity – time and space – is warped by this new form of travel,” Ingels said.

The Hyperloop is envisioned to be a series of small separate pods instead of a line of large connected train carriages. The pods will run on demand like cabs, leaving when you choose so and go straight to your desired station.

Connecting two emirates

The plan for the Hyperloop system in the UAE is to connect Dubai and Abu Dhabi, 150 km apart. The map below indicates that Hyperloop One is going to connect Dubai Airport, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Marina, Al Maktoum Airport, Abu Dhabi Airport and central Abu Dhabi, with a stops in major ports.

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Hyperloop One doesn’t actually own the rights over the technology. They’re only the most established Hyperloop company so far. Famous inventor and man of the hour Elon Musk actually was the first to propose the idea in 2013 and made his research public so other agencies and institutions can develop the concept into something much more realistic.

The technology is open source and is being developed by various other companies and entities.