SpaceX’s hyperloop pod race this weekend!
On Sunday, SpaceX will kick off its second hyperloop pod competition. The event, which will be held near SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California headquarters, will feature dozens of university-affiliated teams racing their hyperloop pods on Elon Musk's personal track!
Delft University is one of the major players in the competition, it confirms that its carbon fiber pod is around 15 feet long and weighs around 320 pounds. "Using permanent magnets the Delft pod floats above the track, resulting in very little energy usage,” the university says. The team expects that the prototype should be able to reach a speed of over 200 kilometers per hour in the 1.2 kilometer long test tube during the finals. In a longer tube, the Delft prototype would be able to speed up to 1,200 kilometers per hour!
Till now, the most famous scenario he proposed was a trip from LA to San Francisco only taking 30 minutes. Predictably, the idea captured the imaginations of engineers and investors across the world. Two companies, both based in LA, are actively engaged in building their own hyperloops. Musk is also thinking about digging tunnels under Los Angelos as a way to avoid long traffic!
Hyperloop pod race happening this weekend at SpaceX HQ (near LAX). We built a ~mile long vacuum tube on our campus big enough to fit people.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 27 janvier 2017
It is unclear if Musk will show up in the contest this Sunday, but he could very well make an appearance, if only to fire the starter pistol to get the high-speed race underway.