What is the hyperloop competition?
The Hyperloop competition is a student design competition hosted by SpaceX that started in 2015. Its goal is to further the development of Hyperloop technologies and innovation among students. SpaceX has thus built a $10 million, 1 mile long vacuum tube at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California which 20 students teams may use to race their pods each year.
The rules of the competition are simple: fastest pod wins. Riding on a monorail I-beam, typical pods can reach anywhere from 60mph to nearly 300mph and require rigorous engineering to ensure a safe finish. In order to achieve this goal, teams may use a variety of innovative technologies such as air levitation, cold gas propulsion, magnetic braking, carbon fiber structures, and more.
For more information, please visit SpaceX’s official Hyperloop page.