The Airbus subsidiary that builds airliners just happens to be based in Toulouse, France, the same city where HyperloopTT or Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is building its test track. This is not a coincidence because the Hyperloop is designed to propel large passenger and freight carrying pods through a low-pressure environment at speeds of hundreds of miles or kilometers an hour.
Airbus is already in that business, it builds pressured vehicles; jets, that are propelled through a low-pressure environment the atmosphere at speeds of hundreds of miles an hour. The difference is that HyperloopTT’s pods are designed to sit on the ground and be pushed along by a combination of magnetic levitation and electric motors. Lower pressure is achieved by sitting the pod inside a tube from which the air is partially sucked out.Read more