Just months after the world’s first hyperloop passenger testing, Virgin Hyperloop announced the passenger-carrying vehicle, dubbed “Pegasus,” will be making its public debut at the Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building in November 2021. Previously, the building has showcased world-changing inventions like Edison’s lightbulb, the first telephones, and Apollo rockets.
The historic Arts + Industries Building will temporarily reopen this autumn for the first time in nearly two decades with the debut exhibition FUTURES, the Smithsonian’s first major building-wide exploration of the future. As part of the FUTURES exhibit, Virgin Hyperloop invites visitors to imagine an optimistic view of the future in transportation: a greener, smoother, safer, and more pleasant mass transit experience, for all.
By combining an electric motor, magnetic levitation, and a low-drag environment, hyperloop systems can carry more people than a subway, at airline speeds, and with zero direct emissions — completely transforming the way we live, work, and play. The world’s first passenger testing aboard the Pegasus vehicle brought this vision one step closer to reality, ushering in a new era of sustainable mobility.
Visitors will be able to see the Pegasus vehicle in the FUTURES exhibition between November 2021 and July 2022.