The dream of building a Hyperloop for the home – waiting in the shed to whip out at family barbecues – came one step closer to reality on Wednesday. Arx Pax, which also produces the Hendo hoverboard, has started selling a hover engine designed for use with Elon Musk’s futuristic high-speed train design.
The HE3.0 engine, priced at $9,999 for two, is capable of lifting around 130lbs (60kg), aimed at getting the company’s hover tech in the numerous groups trying to get their projects off the ground.
“Getting our technology in the hands of brilliant people worldwide has been our top priority,” said Greg Henderson, co-founder and CEO of Arx Pax, in a statement. “There are huge opportunities that lie ahead in a variety of verticals where we are pushing boundaries and defying gravity in the process.”
Alongside the HE3.0, Arx Pax has also started selling the magnetic field architecture bundle (also known as the MFA), which includes a variety of parts like mounting brackets and HE400 hover engines. These engines can’t carry the same sort of load as the HE3.0, though, with the MFA bundle geared more towards building scale models of larger hover systems. Ideal for enthusiasts, the bundle is priced at $1,589.
One team that has expressed interest in the MFA bundle is rLoop, a Reddit-based non profit looking to design a hover pod in time for Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition, where teams will compete at a test track to demonstrate their system designs to a global audience.
“Our goal has always been to demonstrate a viable and scalable Hyperloop pod, and MFA will allow us to demonstrate such a system this summer at the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition,” said Brent Lessard, CEO of rLoop, said in a statement.