Tech startup Hyperloop One, which is aiming to create a new, futuristic form of transportation, announced yesterday (August 2nd) that its Hyperloop pod had reached a speed of 192 miles per hour in a test run over the weekend, a big leap from the previous test in May when it only got up to 70 miles per hour. The 28-foot-long Hyperloop pod uses magnetic levitation to move itself forward through a track made of depressurized tubing. The tubes create conditions similar to those found at 200,000 feet, where air pressure is lower so resistance is reduced. The company's target speed for the Hyperloop is 250 miles per hour, faster than the 200 miles per hour Japan's bullet trains can reach. The next hurdle to overcome is figuring out how to efficiently get passengers or cargo on and off the pods without disrupting their near-vacuum state.
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