By Parag Deulgaonkar
Plan shows the Hyperloop connecting three airports in the UAE - Abu Dhabi Airport, Al Maktoum Airport and Dubai Airport
US-based Hyperloop One has unveiled the first look of a fully-operational Hyperloop model linking Abu Dhabi and Dubai ahead of its official launch on November 7.
In a video posted on YouTube (see below), Jakob Lange, director of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Ideas, the firm involved in designing of the system, says: “Making a Hyperloop here would be a very natural step in that sort of evolution of this place the city and thee region.”
The plan shows the Hyperloop connecting three airports in the UAE - Abu Dhabi Airport, Al Maktoum Airport and Dubai Airport - with future cargo port connections for Khailfa Port and Jebel Ali Port.
“We are in a new time now where you can develop a new transportation system in very few years and change the world. We're not waiting for new technology like carbon nanofibers or anything in order to do this, says Lange, adding, “We have everything we need to do it.”
In August this year, DP World signed an agreement with Hyperloop One to explore the system to move containers from ships docked at Jebel Ali Port to a new inland container depot. Two months later, it decided to contribute $50 million towards Hyperloop’s development, as Hyperloop One gets ready for a full-scale test of the system in the first quarter of 2017.
Dubai recently hosted a competition for hyperloop technology which was won by Team Mobius of France, which saw six teams compete to design a prototype for a hyperloop train that can reduce travel time between Dubai and Fujairah to 10 minutes.
Hyperloop involves using magnets to levitate pods inside an airless tube, creating conditions in which the floating pods shuttle people and cargo at speeds of up to 750 miles per hour.
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That sounds like fun, being strapped into a floating pods inside an airless, windowless tube, at 750 miles per hour, well it beats driving I suppose. Knowing my luck there would be a white pod with blacked out windows 6 inches behind me wanting to do 850 miles per hour and flashing it's lights all the way along the 10 minute journey!
Fentoni, your dry wit is entirely appropriate for this region. It is greatly appreciated.
Keep it up, my son!
Cheers TOEM, it's the sort of rubbish i'd normally chat about over a pint back home but I can't afford the 10 quid a pint out here and TBH the pubs aren't up to much.