The folks at New Atlas were able to get an in-depth behind the scenes look at the SpaceX Hyperloop pod competition in January. Here are some of the highlights from the 27 teams involved in the transportation method of the future, Hyperloop tubes with high-speed pods.
We covered the competition as well, in which the test pods were fairly slow, at least as compared to their ultimate goal getting over 700 mph. Elon Musk is behind this SpaceX Hyperloop project, but don’t forget we’ve got players like Hyperloop One working to the same goal, safe, high-speed travel without leaving the ground.
As New Atlas explains, teams worked tirelessly for days to get their pods ready for and into the competition. Long days beset the teams as well, with only a handful of runs taking place each day. Don’t let that fool you of the potential for the system, real world application would not be restricted by multiple-hour setup delays for each run.
Loading a pod, ensuring successful completion of a 95 point checklist, running an open air test and then finally sealing and depressurizing the tube for each pod takes a lot of time. Apparently, the process took too much time, with only three teams, yes, just three pods were able to run all steps from start to finish of the twenty seven pods in attendance. Those three got to run in the final vacuum sealed tube.
Be sure to check out the piece at New Atlas, it is informative and paints a picture of Hyperloop technology taking root around the globe.
The next stage of Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop competition will be in June. This will be the exciting event in which teams focus on attaining a top speed. Remember, the goal is in the 750 mph range. Let’s see if these few experienced and a handful of new teams can meet that goal so early in the life of the technology.
Would you ride a Hyperloop pod at the speed of a jet plane to get to work each morning?