MIT Students Win Elon Musk's SpaceX Hyperloop Contest

Posted: Feb 2 2016, 3:27am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

MIT Students Win Elon Musk's SpaceX Hyperloop Contest
MIT Hyperloop Team: Doug Hart, Shawn Zhang, Colm O’Rourke, Greg Izatt, Greg Monahan , Nargis Sakhbova, Philippe Kirschen, Georgiana Vancea, Chris Merian, Peter Chamberlain, Sabrina Ball, Charlie Wheeler, Derek Paxson, Chuan Zhang, John Mayo, Rachel Dias Carlson, Lakshya Jain, Max Opgenoord. Additional team members not pictured: Yiou He, Philip Caplan, Olaide Olambiwonnu, Nick Baladis, Aleksandr Rakitin, and Josh Chen. Photo courtesy of Nargis Sakhibova.
  • Group from MIT grabs SpaceX Hyperloop Design Competition Prize

A group from MIT grabbed the prize at the SpaceX Hyperloop design competition. Elon Musk’s dream is one step closer to reality thanks to this team of technicians.

Elon Musk wanted a very fast transportation system. His wish came true when a group which had entered the SpaceX Hyperloop design competition managed to win the top prize.

The team was from MIT and it won the first stage of the contest which was held in Texas. This group outdid hundreds of other participants via their design which was of a hyperloop pod transportation system. A smaller-than-scale model of this will be tested near SpaceX headquarters in California.

“MIT has been involved in so many technological breakthroughs in the past century,” says MIT team captain Philippe Kirschen, a master’s student in aeronautics and astronautics. “It just makes sense we would help advance what might be the future of transportation.

MIT is known for spearheading the technological revolution. So many innovations begin at MIT. It was to be expected that transportation would be a field towards which teams from this center of education and learning would contribute their bucketful.

Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, had announced his plans regarding a Hyperloop about two years ago. The scheme would employ pods which would travel in tubes in a near vacuum state.

Individuals could go from one metropolis to another with speed and ease. And the distance between any two points on the map would be no more than 900 miles. That is the distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

These pods would be stationary above the ground and will seem to hover or rather float mid-air. There would be very little friction involved in this form of transport. The speed would be near the speed of sound. That would be 767 mph.

While Elon Musk had thought of a cushion of air to help keep the pods afloat, the team decided upon an arrangement of opposing magnets to get the task done. The track that SpaceX is already using will be ideal for the purpose.

The winners of the competition were student engineers from MIT. Over 1000 students took part in the competition. These comprised at least a hundred universities. Delft University of Technology was at the second spot.

The University of Wisconsin was at the third. Virginia Tech came in at number four. And finally, University of California Irvine ended up at the fifth spot.

Now that the design has been selected, the building process will get underway. The team will help create the Hyperloop transportation system. And it will be in working order pretty soon.

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