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Hyperloop Gets Marvelous Vibranium Upgrade

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | May 24, 2016

Hyperloop Gets Marvelous Vibranium Upgrade

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If Red Skull, Thanos or any other villain tries to take over the nation’s prospective public transportation infrastructure it will be well taken care of.

Reportedly, the Hyperloop is being built with Vibranium, which is a name many of you will note is the substance that makes up Captain America’s shield and the metal that aids Black Panther. It was also, up until this announcement, fictional. But if you ever wanted a crossover of real-life proportions, this would be it.

Engadget reports Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is coating its future pods with something it's calling Vibranium. Obviously, this isn’t something that top scientists discovered in Wakanda, rather, it’s a carbon-fiber composite produced thanks to Slovakian company c2i.

As noted, somebody must have a love of Marvel lore, because the coating is being called Vibranium, making an already remarkable form of possible transportation all the more impressive.

Engadget explains the one crucial reason officials are using Vibranium on the outside of Hyperloop pods: “Unlike its fictional namesake, this Vibranium is embedded with a series of sensors that monitor stability, temperature and integrity. These sensors are intended to provide continuous feedback to HQ, so that if a pod gets damaged in transit, it'll be pulled from service as soon as it hits the dock.”

And, much like its fictional version, this Earth’s Vibranium is also very impressive in its strength and durability.

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According to the report, Hyperloop officials are getting a composite that boasts 10 times the strength of steel with the advantage of being ridiculously lightweight (roughly five times that of aluminum).

For the uninitiated, Variant Comics does a great summation of Vibranium’s geekier foundations.


More recently, Vibranium – the fictional variety – can be seen in “Captain America: Civil War.”


Hyperloop, a transport envisioned by this world’s Tony Stark, is getting an infusion of truly awesome technology that only seems like fantasy.


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