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Test & measurement tools help students to get ready for SpaceX competition

05 November 2018

Here’s a challenge: build your own Hyperloop pod prototype and test it at Elon Musk’s SpaceX headquarters in California. Who said engineering can’t be fun?

Engineering students from the University of Edinburgh who were accepted to participate in the exciting SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition used thermal imaging and measurement technology from FLIR to make sure their prototype was ready for the race.

Travelling from city to city at 700mph in an underground vacuum tube seems futuristic to some of us, but not to entrepreneur Elon Musk. The forward-thinking CEO of Tesla and SpaceX sees this as the next step in mass transportation technology. Hyperloop is Musk’s concept of electrically propelled pods travelling autonomously through a near-vacuum tube. The pods will be able to reach speeds comparable to aircraft and could see a journey such as Edinburgh to London shortened to 50 minutes.

A yearly competition draws many engineering teams from around the world to the SpaceX headquarters in California. There, SpaceX challenges the teams to develop their own Hyperloop pod prototype and test it in a mile-long vacuum tube. 

Read the full article in the November issue of DPA



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