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People look at a hyperloop test facility unveiled by a tech startup and a construction company in Delft, Netherlands, Thursday, June 1, 2017.
The new test facility, a 30-meter (100-foot) long, 3.2-meter (10.5-feet) diameter tube, is located at Delft Technical University.
Houter, who was part of a team of students from the university that won a Hyperloop contest organized by Musk in January, said the tube will be used for low-speed testing in a vacuum.
“So there will be a vehicle inside this tube going back and forth with the levitation system we’re using, the stabilization system we’re using and the safety systems,” he said.
Ultimately the startup wants to build a longer high-speed facility for testing cornering and lane switching. Hardt then aims to begin construction of a Hyperloop route between two cities within the next four years.
Dutch Infrastructure and Environment Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen said a Hyperloop system could help cement the Netherlands’ position as a gateway to Europe by transporting freight arriving at Rotterdam’s sprawling port.
“If you then can move the goods in a fast way to the rest of Europe, this is very important for competition,” she said.