Delft team reaches final of SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition
Hyperloop Pod Competition
The Hyperloop is a futuristic concept for fast and energy-efficient transport, carrying people and freight through near-vacuum tubes at speeds of up to 1200 kilometres per hour. To boost development of the technology, SpaceX founder Elon Musk organized the Hyperloop Pod Competition. Student teams from all over the world have designed, built and tested Hyperloop pods, with the 30 finalists gathering California at the end of January to race. The pods for this competition are half-size prototypes, too small to accommodate passengers.
The Delft team became one of the favourites in the race after winning the Pod Innovation Award in January 2016. "Just like it was a year ago,” predicts team captain Tim Houter, “I expect the final to be an exciting battle with the team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). We have similar concepts, so it’s really all going to depend on the performance of the prototypes: whose is the most efficient, reliable and safe? It’s going to be very exciting, of course, because for a good result all the components need to work well together: the aerodynamics, the electronics, the magnetic stabilization and levitation system and so on."
The Delft design is very light. Thanks to its use of strong, lightweight carbon fibre, the pod weighs only 149 kilograms despite measuring about 4.5 metres in length and 1 metre in height . It uses permanent magnets to float above the track, resulting in very low energy consumption. The team expects its prototype to reach speeds of more than 200 kilometres an hour in the 1.2-kilometre test tube during the finals. In a longer tube, the pod could potentially accelerate to 1200 kilometres per hour.
The Delft Hyperloop Pod was unveiled on 30 June 2016 by HRH Prince Constantijn and Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp.
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