December 5, 2021

Review Category : People

Hyperloop One pod reaches almost 200 mph in new test

Hyperloop One pod reaches almost 200 mph in new test

An Elon Musk concept at first, the Hyperloop train may become a reality sooner than expected -- though it’s not Musk who is overseeing the various Hyperloop projects currently underway. Hyperloop One is one of the companies testing the fast ground transportation concept, and its pod was able to reach speeds close to 200 mph in a recent test.

To be exact, it hit 192 mph, TechCrunch explains, or 310 km/h on a test route measuring just 500 meters.

The XP-1 pod traveled through the entire tunnel, accelerating for 300 meters before entering a gradual braking phase. The test was a complete success, apparently, and everything worked as planned.

This is so far the highest speed recorded for a Hyperloop train, but still below the planned 250 mph that Hyperloop One plans to achieve in its controlled Nevada tests. However, reaching such speeds require a longer track. Hitting these speeds is possible only inside a depressurized tube where atmospheric conditions are similar to those at 200,000 feet above the sea level.

What’s interesting about Hyperloop One’s July test is that its pod used 3,151 horsepower, compared to the 891 hp of the first test in May. Back then, the company reached a top speed of 69 mph on track three times smaller than the current one — that’s 315 feet vs. 1,433 feet.

There’s already a planned route from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, which could reach speeds of up to 500 mph, turning the 100 mile trip into a 12-minute commute. It's unclear at this time when the first commercial Hyperloop One project will be launched.


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Massive rattlesnake blocked unsuspecting hikers out on a stroll

Massive rattlesnake blocked unsuspecting hikers out on a strollA couple hiking in Brown county, Indiana, were briefly blocked on a trail by a massive rattlesnake. Abigail Kerns and her boyfriend Clayton Fleener were enjoying the day outdoors near near Lake Ogle on Saturday when the incident occurred, but fortunately, they were prepared. SEE ALSO: Fearless coworker picks up snake hiding in office desk There were other reports of timber rattlesnakes in the area, so the couple says they were on the look out, but not for a snake that big, Fox 59 reports.  "That's a big snake," Fleener says after filming the snake fully stretched across the trail.  Thankfully, the snake went on its way without incident.  Though common in the area, the timber rattlesnake is an endangered species in the state and is currently on the no-kill list, according to Fox 59. The snakes are venomous, and can grow over six-feet long. WATCH: A snake regurgitated another snake, and both slithered away alive


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Boy Scout leaders deny President Donald Trump's claim that he called them to praise his jamboree speech

Boy Scout leaders deny President Donald Trump's claim that he called them to praise his jamboree speechThe Boy Scouts have denied calling President Donald Trump to praise his controversial speech at their annual jamboree last week, directly contradicting the president's version of events. Mr Trump, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, claimed that he had received a phone call praising the July 24 speech. "I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful," he said, in a full transcript of the interview obtained by Politico. The WSJ did not publish it in its entirety. Donald Trump addressing the Boy Scouts on July 24 The Boy Scouts said they did not call Mr Trump to commend him on the remarks. "We are unaware of any such call," the Boy Scouts responded in a statement. It specified that neither of the organisation's two top leaders - President Randall Stephenson and Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh - had placed such a call. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House spokesman, said Boy Scout leaders had praised Mr Trump in person after his speech.  She said the president was making reference to "multiple members of the Boy Scout leadership" who "congratulated him, praised him and offered quite powerful compliments following his speech". Mr Trump said in the WSJ interview that the 40,000 Boy Scouts and their leaders "loved it", despite Mr Surbaugh apologising for his speech the next day. Told that reaction to the eyebrow-raising, politically aggressive speech was "mixed", the president defended his remarks. "By the way, I’d be the first to admit mixed. I’m a guy that will tell you mixed. There was no mix there," he said.  "That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone. There was no mix." Trump insists on not talking politics before proceeding to talk politics 00:00 Other US presidents have delivered nonpolitical speeches at past jamborees. Yet last week, to the dismay of many parents and former scouts, Mr Trump promoted his political agenda and derided his rivals, inducing some of the scouts in attendance to boo at the mention of former President Barack Obama. "I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree," said Mr Surbaugh. "That was never our intent." Mr Surbaugh noted that every sitting president since 1937 has been invited to visit the jamboree. Mr Stephenson told The Associated Press two days after the speech that Boy Scout leaders anticipated Mr Trump would spark controversy with politically tinged remarks, yet felt obliged to invite him out of respect for his office.


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Boy Scouts: Top leaders didn't call Trump to praise speech

Boy Scouts: Top leaders didn't call Trump to praise speechNEW YORK (AP) — Faced with a firm denial from the Boy Scouts, the White House on Wednesday corrected President Donald Trump's claim in an interview that the head of the youth group called him to heap praise on a politically aggressive speech Trump delivered at the Scouts' national jamboree.


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Rights groups assail Justice Department over college race probe

Rights groups assail Justice Department over college race probeCivil rights groups slammed the Trump administration on Wednesday over a U.S. Justice Department plan to probe whether colleges' racial-preference admissions programs discriminate against white and Asian-American applicants. Affirmative action programs in higher education were meant to address America's historic racial discrimination problem. The Supreme Court has ruled that universities may use affirmative action in admissions policies with the aim of helping minority applicants get into college.


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