SpaceX to Build Test Track for Hosting Open Competition of Pods for Hyperloop Transit System
Privately owned Space Exploration Company SpaceX has announced the building of a mile long track adjacent to SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California to host an open competition to test subscale transport pods for its futuristic Hyperloop transportation system.
The track will eventually sponsor the open competition and the participants would be invited to test their pods on the SpaceX Hyperloop track in June 2016. SpaceX informed that the details of the competition will be released on Aug. 15 and the interested participants can submit their applications latest by Sept. 15.
SpaceX stated in a document,” While we are not developing a commercial Hyperloop ourselves, we are interested in helping to accelerate development of a functional Hyperloop prototype. SpaceX is announcing an open competition, geared towards university students and independent engineering teams, to design and build the best Hyperloop pod”.
The plan for the super-fast Hyperloop transit system was first unveiled in 2013 by SpaceX’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk in a 57-page white paper titled ‘Hyperloop Alpha’. The paper comprehensively described the transit system consisting of low-pressure steel tubes with aluminium capsules or pods which will be supported on a cushion of air.
The set up would enable to achieve speeds in excess of 700 miles per hour and would move people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour!
Musk stated that the inspiration for the Hyperloop came from the California’s plans for a high-speed rail system that is both, one of the most expensive per mile and also one of the slowest in the world.
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