Spirit AeroSystems and Virgin Hyperloop have formed a partnership to develop a commercial version of a hyperloop prototype.

Hyperloop is a mode of transportation whereby vehicles, called pods, accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod floats along the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag, the companies say. 

‘As one of the most credible aerospace-grade structures companies in the world, Spirit AeroSystems provides a strong fit for our team as we look to build out strong partners in the hyperloop ecosystem,’ said Josh Giegel, CTO of Virgin Hyperloop.

‘As a new form of mass transportation, hyperloop opens up a new segment of diversification for us in the transportation space,’ said Keith Hamilton, Spirit executive director. ‘Our collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop is a prime example of our belief that this burgeoning industry is a game changer.’

Virgin is now planning to create the first Hyperloop Certification Center in the US, the companies say.

This story uses material from Spirit AeroSystems, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.