What is Hyperloop?
Hyperloop is a ground-based transport-system that levitates magnetically with speeds up to 1200 km/h by using minimal air resistance in a tube; imagine Hamburg - Munich in 30 Minutes.
A supersonic flight at ground level, without adverse effect to the atmosphere and sustainable by using renewable energy. The entrepreneur Elon Musk introduced this concept in August 2013 in a white paper. Musk says it is possible to travel distances of up to 3,000 kilometers which much faster and environmentally friendlier than by plane and at the same time much cheaper than the train.
University teams from around the world will compete with their prototype vehicles (so-called pods) at this year’s international “Hyperloop Pod Competition III”, announced by Californian space company SpaceX and Elon Musk, billionaire and CEO of Tesla. This summer, these levitating pods will be tested in real life, on a 1.2 km long test track designed by SpaceX in California, specifically for this purpose, and then the pods will be rated for their speed.
The teams have been tasked with developing the prototypes from the ground up. Therefore, the students have to create their own designs, as well as bring their pod designs to life in the form of a fully-functional half-size prototype.
The competition goal is to gather innovative, creative, and thought-provoking ideas in order to make the Hyperloop concept available to the public in the near future. The world can benefit greatly from students collaborating with companies such as SpaceX, Hyperloop One, Hyperloop Inc and Tesla - companies with very ambitious goals of revolutionizing space travel and mass-producing electric cars.