After Elon Musk got disappointed with the US government's plans to build a high speed railway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with a top speed of just 220mph, he laid out his plans to build a levitating train with a maximum speed of 700mph.
A step closer to Musk's dream, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) now has partnered with Tesla's CEO to make this super train possible. Soon they will be opening a test facility in France.
The facility will be built at Francazal Airport in Toulouse. As part of the agreement with HTT, Toulouse will provide a 3,000 square meter facility, as well as an "outdoor terrain" for testing of Hyperloop's various aspects.
The location, also known as "Aerospace Valley", was formerly a military base that's now been converted into a testing ground for different "mobility innovation". HTT was founded in 2013, after Musk outlined his plans on how Hyperloop may work. This company was produced by JustStartFund, a crowdfunding and crowdsourcing incubator.
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HTT chief executive Dick Ahlborn told the Business Insider
, "Our new centre in Toulouse will help us continue to develop and manufacture important aerospace technology which will further improve the system. The talent pool in the region allows us to hire some of the brightest minds in aerospace."
One of HTT's plans to make Hyperloop work is by using a technology called passive magnetic levitation. Creators said this technology may be more efficient and safer than the levitation system used by Maglev trains in Japan, which uses a constant supply of electricity to work.