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US-based HyperloopTT unveils first full-scale passenger capsule in Spain

The 5-tonne capsule has 72 sensors, 75,000 rivets and 7,200 square metres of fibre.

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Representative image of Hyperloop

The world's first full-scale passenger capsule, built in Spain by Airtificial, gets ready to head to Toulouse R&D facility for optimization

PLAYA VISTA, California, Oct. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT, HTT) provided a first look of their full-scale passenger capsule today at an unveiling ceremony in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. The event was also held to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the founding of and showcased the company's progress since it was established as the first Hyperloop company in the world.

The capsule, "Quintero One" is constructed almost completely out of HyperloopTT's Vibranium™, a specially made dual-layer smart composite material. It was built at the Southern Spain aerospace facilities of HyperloopTT's partner Airtificial, a new company formed by the merger of composite expert Carbures and engineering company Inypsa that manufactures for many leading including Airbus and Boeing. The design for the capsule was created in collaboration with world renowned transport design consultancy PriestmanGoode and won the Gold award at the 2017 London Design Awards

"Quintero One" Hyperloop Passenger Capsule Specifications:

Length: 32 meters (105 feet)

Inner cabin length: 15 meters (50 feet)

Weight: 5,000 kilograms (5 tons)

Other components include:

21,000 skilled engineering hours 5,000 skilled assembly hours 82 carbon fiber panels 72 sensors 75,000 rivets 7,200 square meters of fiber (1.8 acres).

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

"Working together with engineers from HyperloopTT, we are proud to be pushing the envelope of smart materials in transportation and manufacturing," said 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," said Dirk Ahlborn 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 "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, the world's largest reinsurance company along with global certification and inspection company TÜV SÜD, governments and partners, HyperloopTT is creating the first regulatory guidelines and creating the necessary legal for Hyperloop systems around the world.

About HyperloopTT

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) is an innovative transportation and technology company focused on realizing the Hyperloop, a system that moves people and goods at unprecedented speeds safely, efficiently, and sustainably. Through the use of unique, patented technology and an advanced business model of lean collaboration, open innovation and integrated partnership, HyperloopTT is creating and licensing technologies.

Founded in 2013, HyperloopTT is a global team comprised of more than 800 engineers, creatives and technologists in 52 multidisciplinary teams, with 40 corporate and university partners. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, HyperloopTT has offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE; Bratislava, Slovakia; Toulouse, France; Contagem, Brazil; and Barcelona, Spain. HyperloopTT has signed agreements in the United States, UAE, Brazil, France, India, China, Korea, Indonesia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Ukraine.

HyperloopTT is led by co-founders Dirk Ahlborn (CEO) and Bibop G. Gresta (Chairman) and a senior management team of experienced entrepreneurs and professionals. For more information or media inquiries.

About Airtificial

Airtificial is a new Spanish technological company specialized in applying artificial intelligence, through collaborative robotics and sensorial structures, and specialized engineering within the civil works, aerospace and automotive industries. With a 4.0 Industry DNA and a great growth potential, the company has a proven know-how and operates globally. For more information about the new company.

About PriestmanGoode

PriestmanGoode is the world's leading transport design consultancy. Based in London and China, the studio works on a vast range of projects across rail and aviation, developing designs for high speed trains, metros, airlines and commercial spacecraft all over the world. PriestmanGoode's work is centred around the user and about creating exceptional travel journeys for millions of passengers every year.

First Published: Tue, October 02 2018. 20:42 IST
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