Hyperloop Transportation Technologies unveils passenger capsule

HyperloopTT’s Quintero One, constructed of a smart composite comprised of carbon fiber with embedded sensors, is the world’s first full-scale Hyperloop capsule.

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT, Culver City, CA, US) provided a first look of their full-scale passenger Hyperloop capsule  on Oct. 2 at an unveiling ceremony in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. 

The capsule, Quintero One is constructed almost completely out of a material HyperloopTT calls Vibranium, a specially made dual-layer smart composite material created using carbon fiber and embedded sensors. The 32m long capsule is comprised of 82 carbon-fiber panels. It was built at the Southern Spain aerospace facilities of HyperloopTT’s partner Airtificial, a new company formed by the merger of composites company Carbures (El Puerto de Santa María, Spain) and engineering company Inypsa (Madrid, Sain) that manufactures for many leading companies including Airbus and Boeing. The design for the capsule was created in collaboration with transport design consultancy PriestmanGoode (London, UK) and won the Gold award at the 2017 London Design Awards.

The capsule will be delivered to HyperloopTT’s research and development center in Toulouse, France for additional assembly and integration into the system, before it is used
on one of the first commercial tracks.

“Working together with engineers from HyperloopTT, we are proud to be pushing the envelope of smart materials in transportation and manufacturing,” says Airtificial
Co-Founder and Chairman, Rafael Contreras. “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.”

“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,” says Dirk Ahlborn HyperloopTT co-founder and CEO. “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.”

“In 2019, this capsule will be fully optimized and ready for passengers,” said Bibop Gresta, chairman and co-founder of HyperloopTT. “Since we have taken major steps in solving government regulations with our safety certification guidelines  and insurance frameworks, we are now closer than ever to bringing Hyperloop to the world.”

Recently, HyperloopTT became the world’s first company to be able to offer an insured commercial system. In collaboration with Munich Re (Munich, Germany), the world’s largest reinsurance company along with global certification and inspection company TÜV SÜD (Munich, Germany), governments and partners, HyperloopTT is reportedly working to create the first regulatory guidelines and necessary legal framework for Hyperloop systems around the world.