Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT), founded in 2013 and headquartered in Los Angelas, CA, showcased its first full-scale passenger Hyperloop capsule at an unveiling ceremony in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. HyperloopTT, along with the unveiling ceremony, also celebrated the five-year anniversary of the founding and showcased the company’s progress.
The capsule, “Quintero One” was built at the Southern Spain aerospace facilities of Airtificial, a new company created by merging the composite expert Carbures and engineering company Inypsa that manufactures for many leading companies including Airbus and Boeing.
HyperloopTT, in collaboration with PriestmanGoode, world-renowned transport design consultancy, designed the capsule, which won the Gold award at the 2017 London Design Awards. The capsule is completely built out of HyperloopTT’s Vibranium, a specially made dual-layer smart composite material.
“Quintero One” Hyperloop Passenger Capsule is of 5,000 kilograms (5 tons) in weight, 32 meters (105 feet) long and 15 meters (50 feet) long Inner cabin.
Rafael Contreras, Co-Founder and Chairman, Artificial, said, “Working together with engineers from HyperloopTT, we are proud to be pushing the envelope of smart materials in transportation and manufacturing. Today we have unveiled a new type of transportation vessel built with an industry high percentage of composite, which makes the Hyperloop capsule perhaps the safest transportation vehicle in the world.”
Dirk Ahlborn, co-founder and CEO, HyperloopTT, commented “The creation of this capsule represents over a year long journey of the best expertise in design,, engineering, and the development of cutting-edge materials. In just five years we have solved and improved upon all of the technology needed for Hyperloop with our new levitation system, vacuum pumps, batteries, and smart composites. This capsule will be a part of one of the most efficient transportation systems ever made.”