Will we travel at 1000 km per hour? The first ‘Pegasus’ passenger test

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Will we travel at 1000 km per hour? The first ‘Pegasus’ passenger test

In the Nevada desert, a few days ago, two passengers traveled for the first time aboard Pegasus (or “XP-2”) a new type of autonomous transport vehicle – designed for Virgin Hyperloop by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and Kilo – that travels at speeds of over 1,000 km per hour.  The passenger test of the new vehicle was overseen by the ISA (Independent Safety Assessor) certifier, and its success marks a historic moment in the transportation industry as Pegasus becomes the first Hyperloop travel crewed system.

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Virgin Hyperloop Pegasus, November 9, 2020, Image Courtesy Virgin Hyperloop

Hyperloop technology was developed for the high-speed transport of freight and passengers. The pod travels inside low-pressure tubes to minimize air friction and works with magnetic levitation enabling maximum speed and making this transport system more energy efficient than traditional rail transport.
Going back to Pegasus, BIG, and Kilo’s role in Pegasus was to design for this first use case while also defining the design language and characteristics for future Virgin Hyperloop vehicles. While the production pod will be larger and seat up to 28 passengers, this 2-seater pod was built to demonstrate that passengers can in fact safely travel in a Hyperloop vehicle.
Pegasus is conceived as a pressurized ship designed as a radically new type of vehicle.
The design was concerned with the shape and comfort for the passengers, and since the Hyperloop travel exists in an environment close to the void, the vehicle does not need aerodynamic features.
The ship’s front “vents” create natural steps for convenient entry and exit and the openings on the sides of the fairing and front door contain a forward-facing window for tunnel vision.
Inside, the seating elements and extended arms serve multiple functions including as an entry and egress aid, and as storage for safety equipment, oxygen throughput, and lighting. The seats can also be quickly assembled and disassembled for rear equipment access.

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Virgin Hyperloop Pegasus, November 9, 2020, Image Courtesy Virgin Hyperloop

PROJECT DATA
Name: VIRGIN HYPERLOOP PEGASUS
Date: 09/11/2020
Status: Completed
Size in m2: 12
Client: Virgin Hyperloop
Collaborators: Kilo Design (Co-Designer), Aria Group (Fabrication and Engineering Support)
Location Text: Test Site Nevada, Las Vegas
PROJECT TEAM
Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Jakob Lange
Project Leaders: Sören Grünert, Erik Berg Kreider
BIG Team: Joshua Woo
Kilo Team: Lars Larsen, Philip Andersson, Laura Lebeau


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