Thanks to a nod from SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Century City’s AECOM is on the fast track to being a player the future of high-speed ground transportation.
The infrastructure firm announced Tuesday that it was selected to design and build the world’s first Hyperloop test track as part of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, a university-focused challenge to help spur student innovation.
The above-ground track will function as a vacuum-sealed, high-speed proving ground for transporting pod prototypes now being developed as part of a SpaceX design competition. Design efforts for the test track are underway, with a goal of construction beginning this spring.
Hyperloop, a high-speed transport proposed by Musk, would function through a network of low-pressure tubes and air-cushioned pods traveling at speeds of up to 760 miles per hour. The test track will run nearly one mile adjacent to SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne.
“AECOM has designed and built some of the world’s most impressive transportation systems, so we appreciate how the development of a functioning Hyperloop with SpaceX can dramatically expand the ways people move across cities, countries and continents,” said Michael S. Burke, AECOM chairman and chief executive officer. “What we are delivering is more than just a track to test pod prototypes; it’s a glimpse into the future.”