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SpaceX announces Hyperloop pod competition

by Todd Haselton | June 15, 2015

Elon Musk and SpaceX are pushing forward with plans to make the Hyperloop — a dream of a super fast public transit system — a reality. Earlier this month, SpaceX announced that it will help facilitate the building of a 5 mile test track in California that it hopes to complete by 2017. On Monday, the company announced a new competition to attract students to the project.

SpaceX said on its site that neither Elon Musk or SpaceX are “affiliated with any Hyperloop companies” and, ultimately, aren’t going to build a “commercial Hyperloop.” Instead, it’s helping others pursue and develop a “functional Hyperloop prototype.” That’s where the new competition comes into play.

“SpaceX is announcing an open competition, geared toward university students and independent engineering teams, to design and build the best Hyperloop pod,” the company said on its site on Monday. “To support this competition, SpaceX will construct a one-mile test track adjacent to our Hawthorne, California headquarters. Teams will be able to test their human-scale pods during a competition weekend at the track currently targeted for June 2016. The knowledge gained here will continue to be open-sourced.”

Interested parties can sign up at the source link below, and all submissions must be in before Sept. 15. Want to play a role in the future of transport? Sign up now.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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