Since the release of the white paper by Elon Musk about the Hyperloop concept, the interest in this concept has increased tremendously. In short, the Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed ground transportation system incorporating reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized vehicles travel. By doing this, the air resistance is so low that a vehicle can travel at almost the speed of sound while being a lot cheaper, more efficient, and more convenient than airplanes. To boost the development of a working prototype, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX organizes the Hyperloop competition. This competition entails travelling with a half-size capsule through a low pressure tube of 1.6 km in length, built by SpaceX in California.
The Hyperloop competition is an international engineering design competition with applicants from all over the world. Apart from boosting the development of a working prototype, the goal of the competition is to improve the engineering skills of the students as well. For example systems engineering, working in teams, time and project management, manufacturing and business aspects. The competition, which takes place in the summer of 2018 in Hawthorne, California, reflects this by having experts from Tesla Motors, SpaceX and associated professors judging the capsule for the design and performance.
Delft Hyperloop II
A brand-new Delft Hyperloop team has come together: since September, 37 students from the TU Delft are working on the design and production of the Delft Hyperloop II. With this vehicle, the team will participate in the SpaceX competition of summer 2018.
These motivated students with different educational backgrounds combine their expertise, technical knowledge, and creative insights to work towards the same goal: To develop the Hyperloop and make the transportation industry a lot more sustainable!