The first successful test of Hyperloop One’s propulsion technology proved a lot this morning. On display was proof that Elon Musk’s dream of a transportation system that breaks the barriers of speed and time was a step closer to reality. Also on display was proof that the future will still be boring.
I’m not sure any of those invited out to see the small-scale demonstration of the Hyperloop’s propulsion technology really knew what to expect. Full disclosure: I wasn’t invited. What they saw ended up being a grounded electromagnetic motor launching a weighted sled down a track into a pile of sand. The initial reaction was... flat.
Of course we only have ourselves to blame here. What Hyperloop One is accomplishing is unprecedented. As Gizmodo’s Alissa Walker pointed out today, the test signifies a project one step closer to realizing a low-pressure electromagnetic propulsion transportation system.