Since the release of the white paper by Elon Musk about the Hyperloop concept, the interest in this concept has increased tremendously. In short, the Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed ground transportation system incorporating reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized vehicles travel. By doing this, the air resistance is so low that a vehicle can travel at almost the speed of sound while being a lot cheaper, more efficient, and more convenient than airplanes. To boost the development of a working prototype, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX organizes the Hyperloop competition. This competition entails travelling with a half-size capsule through a low pressure tube, built by SpaceX in California.
The Hyperloop competition is an international engineering design competition with 380 applicants from all over the world. Apart from boosting the development of a working prototype, the target of the competition is to improve the engineering skills of the students as well. For example systems engineering, working in teams, time and project management, manufacturing and business aspects. The competition, which takes place in June 2016 in Hawthorne, California, reflects this by having experts from Tesla Motors, SpaceX and associated professors judging the capsule for the design and performance.
With a group of six motivated and experienced students who already knew each other from Formula Student Team Delft, we started this project in June 2015 and decided to give it all to make this project a success. Currently we have structured and expanded our team to 33 members from all the faculties of the Delft University of Technology, selected as the best of out of almost 200 applicants. With this team and its experience we believe that we can look further, reach farther, work harder, and perform better than the other teams competing in the Hyperloop competition. Everyone in this team is extremely motivated to make the world cleaner, faster and more efficient. Our goal has been set: winning this competition and changing the future of transportation.