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Hyperloop Pod Competition announces a winner

01 February 2017

Over a weekend, TU Delft students have won the Hyperloop Pod Competition which was set up by Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, almost one year ago.

TU Delft students win Hyperloop Pod Competition (Credit: TU Delft)

Last weekend, the Delft Hyperloop team competed with 26 other teams for first place in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. The teams were challenged to achieve the highest possible speed in trials in a 1.2km-long tube located next to the space travel company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Los Angeles. A jury judged the half-scale pods based on considerations including reliability, design and scalability. 

The pod entered into the competition by the TU Delft students is extremely lightweight: the use of carbon fibre, which is both light and strong, means that the TU Delft pod weighs just 149kg. The pod itself is approximately 4.5m long and 1m high. Magnets are used to allow the pod to hover above the track, which means that very little energy is lost. Speeds of approximately 90km/h were recorded during the competition. In a longer tube, the TU Delft prototype should be able to cope with speeds of up to 1,200km/h.

The Delft Hyperloop team also received the award for the best construction and design. Students from the University of Munich went home with the other prize, awarded for the highest average speed.


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