Delft Hyperloop secures second spot in Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Pod Competition at SpaceX

Delft Hyperloop secures second spot in Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Pod Competition at SpaceX

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A thrilling Sunday afternoon in California, where everything was about hyperloop, speed, futuristic pods and Elon Musk’s Space X. Yes! We are talking about the high-tech Hyperloop Pod Competition from Elon Musk, where the TU Delft Hyperloop team comprising of 37 students secured the second position with their pod speed of 142kms per hour speed.

The winning team was from Germany, WARR Hyperloop of the technical university of Munich which set up a new speed record with 457 kms per hour and went more than three times as fast as Delft Hyperloop. The third finalist was EPF Loop from Switzerland. As noted in the official website of Space X, the competition focused on a single criterion—maximum speed. Additionally, all Pods had to be self-propelled.

TU Delft’s Hyperloop pod was not able to attain the maximum speed before stalling and was showing problems before the event as well. The team was reported saying, that the competition did not go as planned.

Reportedly, there were also some software issues in the pod, a week before the competition but the Hyperloop team had fixed it and has two successful runs in the tube without vacuum.

Due to the successful runs, the team was reportedly informed on Sunday morning that it was selected alongside three other international teams to make a real run in the 1.2-mile test tube next to the headquarters of Elon Musk’s space company in Los Angeles.

The Hyperloop Pod Competition was set up by Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. With the competition, he wants to stimulate the development of a revolutionary form of fast and energy-efficient transport, in which people and goods travel at a speed of 1,200 kilometers per hour through tubes with very low air pressure. Challenged by Musk, student teams around the world designed, built and tested hyperloop pods.

Just last month, the Delft Hyperloop unveiled the Atlas 01, which consists of a pod and a launched at the event in TU Delft. With this, the team is aiming to bring feasible and high-speed travel between Amsterdam and the rest of Europe under 30 minutes by traveling within an airless vacuum tube. The TU Delft team was hoping to establish a speed more than 384 kilometers per hour to shatter the world speed record.

Hope the team is successful in the future and makes Hyperloop a reality soon.

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