Project Pegasus: Virgin Hyperloop makes transportation history

Virgin Hyperloop lunches

LAS VEGAS – Transportation history was made in the Nevada desert when Hyperloop tested human travel in a hyperloop-pod system for the first time at Virgin Hyperloop’s 500 meter DevLoop test site in Las Vegas last Sunday.

Josh Giegel and Sara Luchian who are key personnel for the Pegasus Project were the first people to experience the ride of this 2-seater XP-2 vehicle built to demonstrate that passengers can safely travel in a hyperloop vehicle.

Josh Giegel, CTO and Co-Founder, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience

As a demonstration on the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle with efforts for the production vehicle that will be larger and seat up to 28 passengers, this 2-seater XP-2 vehicle successfully demonstrated that passengers can safely travel in a hyperloop vehicle.

“Hyperloop is about so much more than the technology. It’s about what it enables,” said Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience for Virgin Hyperloop. “To me, the passenger experience ties it all together. And what better way to design the future than to actually experience it first-hand?”

The testing campaign, from the beginning stages all the way through to today’s successful demonstration, was overseen by the industry-recognized Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) Certifer.

Having undergone a rigorous and exhaustive safety process, the XP-2 vehicle demonstrates many of the safety-critical systems that will be found on a commercial hyperloop system and is equipped with a state-of-the-art control system that can detect off-nominal states and rapidly trigger appropriate emergency responses.

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