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Spain and France plan to create test sites for projects of future high-speed transport systems Hyperloop.
Hyperloop is a new form of magnetic levitation transport, moving in a foreline tube and capable of speeds up to 1,000 km / h. Spanish government agency ADIF recently signed an agreement with Virgin Hyperloop One to build a research center in the Andalusian region with an estimated cost of $ 500 million..
Its main task will be the design, testing and certification of the components of the high-speed vacuum transport system. The opening of the center is scheduled for 2020, and to support the project, the authorities will issue a loan to the developer €126 million.
A few days after the news from Spain, France received an application from Transpod to build a three-kilometer Hyperloop test track in the southwest of the country. The commercial line is planned to be laid by 2030, and foreign investors have already transferred €50 million. While the parties are actively negotiating and are interested in improving the reputation of the region.
Project launches in Spain and France are expected to encourage other EU countries to develop similar networks. Virgin Hyperloop One management is very interested in the UK market, but if London continues to develop its high-speed rail program, Hyperloop may become irrelevant.
Airbus is also experimenting with transportation. Recently, the company’s solar-powered aircraft flew continuously for 26 days..
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