Hyperloop project


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Logan Roldan, staff writer

Ever since three years ago, when the Hyperloop Transit Project, put together with Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, and SpaceX, has finally announced the progress made towards their new form of transportation.

From $70 billion dollar city plan to work on a transit system to connect the larger cities and be transported in reasonable time, ign.com’s Matt Clark said three years ago, “…the Hyperloop is an elevated transit system capable of reaching San Francisco from Los Angeles in only 30 minutes.”

Elon Musk also explained three years ago that the project would cost “100 billion-plus” to actually build. He also explained that the 70 pods would leave from San Francisco and Los Angeles every 30 seconds, traveling at a safe distance of 5 miles.

Matt also explains in his article, that the Hyperloop “pushes aluminum pods with passengers–or vehicles–through steel tubes at 800 miles per hour”. He also says that “according to Musk, a passenger-only system should cost around $6 billion, while a setup capable of ferrying vehicles would come in at around $10 billion.”

Hyperloop Transportation has been described as an aluminum pob in a small 12×12 steel tube that could hold luggage or people. The pod would have 3 key parts. One, Levitation Skis, which have permanent magnet arrays, elevating the pod. Two, for safety, the pod will have fail safe brakes. And three, two stability modules to maintain altitude control inside the elevated tube. The operators would launch you anywhere from 200-800 miles per hour, and then you would glide through the tube and be at your destination.

Since then, many professional companies, such as Tesla, Boeing, and SpaceX have invested in Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. The project, according to ign.com’s Mike Mahardy’s article, UCLA’s engineering students, in UCLA’s SupraStudio, have been “heavily-involved”, making plans. In order to get their plans circulating, the project announced a competition. Students would submit designs and models, Tesla and SpaceX would announce the winning team.

On the 30th of January, Dr. Steve Davis, from SpaceX, announced the winners of the competition at the Texas A&M University in the City of College Station. More than 100 teams, making up over 1,000 students, appeared at the announcing. 22 teams were allowed to continue and test their pods in the summer here in California, at the world’s first Hyperloop Test Track. The top 5 designs of all 100 teams, and the proceeding 22 teams, were UC Irvine’s Hyper-Excite team, in fifth place; Virginia Technical Institute’s Hyperloop team, in fourth; University of Wisconsin’s Badger-Loop, in third; Delft University of Technology’s Delft Hyperloop, in second; and, in first, (MIT) Missacrusetts University of Technology’s Hyperloop Team.