Hyperloop capsules to be clad in mega-strong smart skin packed with sensors
OREANDA-NEWS. May 25, 2016. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies unveiled on Tuesday a smart material packed with sensors that will be used to craft the capsules for the tubular transit system.
Made from famously lightweight carbon fiber, the material is eight times stronger than aluminium and 10 times stronger than any steel alternative, according to HTT. The advantage of keeping the material, which is called Vibranium, so feather light is that it will reduce the energy needed to propel the capsules across long distances.
Critically, the sensors locked inside the material are able to measure and relay information about the capsules back to an operations base for the proposed high-speed transportation system. The sensors will read the capsule's temperature, stability and integrity in real time in order to guarantee safety and performance, HTT said.
The idea for Hyperloop, the system by which commuters shoot between cities at speeds of up to 700mph, was initially dreamed up by Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX fame. HTT is one of two companies currently trying to bring Musk's vision to life. The other, Hyperloop One, showed off its initial efforts at a working test track earlier this month in the Nevada desert.