Full-Scale Passenger Capsule Unveiled
The world’s first full-scale passenger Hyperloop capsule, built in Spain, gets ready to head to Toulouse R&D facility for optimization. The design for the capsule was created in collaboration with world renowned transport design consultancy PriestmanGoode and HyperloopTT’s partner Airtificial, a new company formed by the merger of composite expert Carbures and engineering company Inypsa that manufactures for many leading companies including Airbus and Boeing.
The capsule, “Quintero One” is constructed almost completely out of HyperloopTT’s Vibranium™, a specially made dual-layer smart composite material.
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 commercial tracks.
The capsules are engineered and designed to create a safe and harmonious environment for the passengers, with customized interior for use-based experiences. Each capsule is 30 meters in length and can carry 28 to 40 passengers. The cabin interior will include large dynamic display virtual windows in the side panels and ceilings, to provide passenger information, and will also incorporate entrance areas, passenger accommodation for food and beverage services, as well as toilets. The system is designed for capsule departures every forty seconds and a maximum speed of 1,223 km/h and it is capable of moving 164,000 passengers a day on one line at full efficiency.
In addition, HyperloopTT has developed a new skin material for capsule safety called Vibranium™. Using carbon-fiber and embedded sensors, this new smart material is eight times stronger than aluminum and ten times stronger than steel alternatives, and transmits critical information regarding temperature, stability, integrity and more, wirelessly and instantly. It is also much lighter in weight – roughly five times less than steel and 1.5 times less than aluminum – reducing energy output to propel the capsule
“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 panel
• 72 sensors
• 75.000 rivet
• 7.200 m² fiber