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 Hawthorne, California, reflects this by having experts from Tesla Motors, SpaceX and associated professors judging the capsule for the design and performance.
Our team consists of 35 students from all faculties of the TU Delft. With this team and its experience we believe that we can look further, reach farther, work harder, and perform better than the other teams competing in the Hyperloop competition. Everyone in this team is extremely motivated to make the world cleaner, faster and more efficient. Our goal has been set: winning this competition and changing the future of transportation.nia.
22 July 2019
Delft Hyperloop students fourth in SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition
On Sunday 21 July 2019, the Delft Hyperloop student team took fourth place in the final of the 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in Los Angeles. The team's hyperloop pod – a vehicle that can reach extremely high speeds in a vacuum tube due to the fact that it experiences virtually no drag – reached a top speed of 196 km/h in a one-kilometre-long vacuum tube. This meant that the team trailed, among others, their German rivals from the University of Munich, who won the competition with a speed of 465 km/h.
03 June 2019
TUDelft Hyperloop team unveiled new hyperloop capsule Atlas 02
On Monday, June 3rd, the Delft Hyperloop Team held an event in the Auditorium of Delft University of Technology. Here, they unveiled their new hyperloop capsule, Atlas 02. With this vehicle, the team will participate in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition on July 21st, which will be held in Los Angeles, California. The goal of the team is to win and break the current world speed record of 467 km/h on a one-kilometer track.
23 July 2018
TU Delft students second in Hyperloop Pod Competition
On Sunday 22 July, four student teams took on a challenge to race as fast as possible through a 1.2-kilometre Hyperloop test tunnel at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The team from Delft achieved a speed of 142 km/h, putting them in second place behind the WARR Hyperloop team from Munich University of Technology.
23 February 2017
Delft Hyperloop Competition Documentary
After 1.5 years of designing, building and testing it was finally time for the finale in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in Los Angeles, California.
30 January 2017