The first competition of its kind in the world.
SpaceX will host its Second Hyperloop Pod Competition this summer from 25th to 27th of August at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. According to SpaceX, this competition’s goal is to accelerate the development of functional prototypes and encourage innovation by challenging teams to design and build the best high-speed pod.
‘’What this really intended to do is to encourage innovation in transport technology. To get people excited about new forms of transport things that may be completely different from what we see today,’’ SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spoke to the audience.
This summer, participants will include teams which competed in first part of the competition back in January, along with others who were not able to test their models due to design or timing problems. Teams have to pass a number of tests to qualify to compete, such as structural integrity and vacuum chamber survivability. Although 30 student teams were initially scheduled to compete only three passed all tests were able to perform.
Participants are mostly research teams from some of the best colleges in the US and around the world. Unlike the first part of competition, which was not focused on one criterion, this part is only hyped for maximum speed!
Among the student teams are 512 Hyperloop from University of Texas at Austin, AZLoop from Arizona State University; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Northern Arizona University; Thunderbird School of Global Management, Badgerloop from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Binghamton Hyperloop from Binghamton University, and Diggerloop from Colorado School of Mines.
SpaceX’s First Hyperloop Pod Design Test Competition was held at its headquarters as well, allowing teams to test out their pod designs in low-pressure environments. The three competing teams were from MIT, Delft University, and WARR, a group from the Technical University of Munich. Student teams UMD Loop, Virginia Tech and the University of Washington have qualified in the first competition but failed to compete due to lack of time.
The final results were as follows: WARR achieved a max speed of around 90km/h, while Delft, from the Netherlands, got the best overall score for design, and MIT came in third achieving best safety and reliability. This summer, in this final phase of the competition, we will hopefully see student teams overcoming their technical constraints in January.
SpaceX is revolutionizing terrestrial transportation through its Hyperloop transportation system. According to its website, this one-of-a-kind competition, and SpaceX in general currently provide services to innovators and university students interested in high-speed transportation technology and solutions. The Hyperloop is approximately one mile in length with a six-foot outer diameter. This system and its students’ competition is not affiliated with any Hyperloop companies.