Virgin Hyperloop selects West Virginia as the future home of its new high-tech certification center

Virgin Hyperloop is investing $500 million to build what could one day be the future of high-speed transportation.



A rendering of a Virgin Hyperloop One Cargospeed station.


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A rendering of a Virgin Hyperloop One Cargospeed station.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice held a news conference on Friday along with Virgin Airlines founder Sir Richard Branson to announce a partnership to bring the Virgin Hyperloop Certification Center to Tucker County in West Virginia.

Hyperloop is a theoretical transportation system originally proposed by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. The idea was to create a high-speed transportation system to send a podlike capsule levitating along a rail inside a low-pressure tube at speeds of more than 600 miles per hour.

The proposal sparked a wave of companies and innovators working to make this technology a reality, with Virgin Hyperloop being one of the biggest investors. A fully functional hyperloop system is still a long way from coming to

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Virgin Hyperloop to build new certification center in West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice (R-W.Va.) on Thursday announced plans for a new Virgin Hyperloop Certification Center in West Virginia spanning across 800 acres of land.

Virgin Hyperloop shared that work on the new development is expected to begin in 2021. According to a press release from Justice, the research facility will create “thousands of new jobs across construction, manufacturing, operations, and high-tech sectors.”

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University predicts that the venture will impact West Virginia’s economy by $48 million annually.

Virgin Hyperloop CEO Jay Walder said in the announcement, “West Virginia is well-positioned to provide a fully-integrated solution that advances the nationwide opportunity for hyperloop.”

Hyperloop transportation is a recently proposed form of passage that seek to cut cross-country land travel to a fraction of current times by moving people and goods through a vacuum at speeds over 600 mph. In the future, they

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Hyperloop Technology: Future of Transportation

Pune, Maharashtra, India, September 23 2020 (Wiredrelease) Allied Analytics :Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed transportation system, the route of which was initially proposed from Los Angeles to San Francisco. This technology operates as a pod-like vehicle through a reduced-pressure tube, which potentially exceeds airliner speeds. The average travelling speed is expected to be 600 mph with a maximum speed of 760 mph. Passenger and freight are loaded into the hyperloop, and accelerate gradually through electric propulsion via a low-pressure tube. The tubes are made out of thick, strong steel and can handle 100 Pa of pressure or even more. By transportation system, the market is segmented into tube, propulsion, capsule, and route. Based on carriage type, it is classified into passenger and cargo/freight.

According to a recent report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Hyperloop Technology Market by Type and Transportation System: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2022-2026, the

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