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Hyperloop TT unveils passenger capsule in Spain

Quintero One, fitted with 72 sensors, could come to Abu Dhabi as part of the company's plans

The ultra-high speed transportation can hit speeds of around 600mph  roughly the same as a modern airliner.
The ultra-high speed transportation can hit speeds of around 600mph roughly the same as a modern airliner.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT), which is looking to set up the ultra-fast futuristic transport network in the UAE by 2020, has unveiled its planned passenger capsule.

The capsule, named Quintero One, is constructed almost completely out of Hyperloop TT’s specially made dual-layer smart composite material, vibranium.

Unveiled at a ceremony in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, the capsule was built at the aerospace facilities of Hyperloop TT’s partner Airtificial in Southern Spain. It measures measures 32m and weighs 4.5 tonnes, and has 72 sensors, as Arabian Business reported.

READ: Abu Dhabi hyperloop supplier inks Ukraine deal

It will delivered to HyperloopTT’s research and development centre in Toulouse, France for additional assembly and integration into the system, before being used on one of the first commercial tracks, a statement said.

Airtificial was borne out of a merger of Carbures, a composite expert, and engineering company Inypsa, which manufacturers materials for household names such as Boeing and Airbus.

Dirk Ahlborn, co-founder and chief executive officer of Hyperloop TT, said: “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.

“This capsule will be part of one of the most efficient transportation systems ever made.”

READ: China joins UAE in race to build hyperloop network

Hyperloop TT isn’t the only player in the nascent travel technology market. Hyperloop – which uses electromagnetic propulsion to accelerate trains through a low-pressure tube – has quickly gathered interest from Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson, who chairs Virgin Hyperloop One's board of directors following an agreement with the Virgin Group in October last year.

In August, Virgin Hyperloop One said it wants to open its first office outside of the US in the UAE.

Its director of operations went one step further last week, announcing that he wants to build “a big hyperloop network between the GCC”.

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