Involving nearly 200 engineers and support staff, this is the first time that the hyperloop technology, suggested by Elon Musk in 2013, has been fully tested.
"Hyperloop One has accomplished what no one has done before by successfully testing the first full scale Hyperloop system", said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and chair of Hyperloop One, said in a statement.
Hyperloop One conducted the first full-scale system test (via The Verge), achieving full vacuum conditions in its closed tube environment with a test pod that's the actual size of what it envisions for its production systems.
The idea first bubbled up in 2013, when Musk revealed a 57-page PDF outlining a transportation system similar to the tubes darting parcels around mail rooms.
Just last month it unveiled plans for a London to Edinburgh route that would reach its destination in just 50 minutes.
Hyperloop One wants to get three systems underway, chief executive Rob Lloyd told AFP at the time.
"Fast to dig, low cost tunnels would also make Hyperloop adoption viable and enable rapid transit across densely populated regions, enabling travel from NY to Washington DC in less than 30 minutes", the company said in a published FAQ. The company showed a video of a sled speeding through the vacuum Hyperloop tube.
It was the first Hyperloop One test conducted in a full vacuum, using magnetic levitation to propel the pod.
The first test of the Hyperloop was done in the Nevada desert, and Missouri is one of 35 finalists for the new high-tech transportation system called a Hyperloop. Made from structural aluminum and carbon fiber, it measures 28 ft long (8.5 m) and will be demonstrated traveling along the track as the company moves into its next phase of testing, which will also include running its test vehicle at target speeds of 250 miles per hour (400 km/h).
"Made of structural aluminum and a lightweight carbon fiber, the shell measures 28 feet long", Hyperloop One writes. This is how Hyperloop hopes to achieve its goal of hyper speed travel. The windowless pod is created to carry both passengers and cargo, according to Hyperloop One. The trip was barely more than five seconds long, but the Hyperloop One team - resembling a scene out of a space launch - were happy to see it go off without a hitch.