MIT Group Wins SpaceX Hyperloop Design Contest
Elon Musk’s dream of making a superfast new transportation system acquired a step nearer to actuality over the weekend.
On Saturday (Jan. 30), a staff from the Massachusetts Institute of Know-how (MIT) gained the primary stage of the SpaceX Hyperloop design competitors, which was held at Texas A&M College in School Station.
The MIT grad college students beat out greater than one hundred different groups with their design for a passenger-carrying Hyperloop "pod," and can now begin constructing a small-scale prototype to check this summer time subsequent to SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. [Pictures: Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Transit System of the Future]
"MIT has been concerned in so many technological breakthroughs prior to now century," staff captain Philippe Kirschen, a grasp’s scholar in aeronautics and astronautics, stated in a press release. "It simply is sensible we might assist advance what could be the way forward for transportation."
Musk — the CEO of personal spaceflight firm SpaceX and electrical-automotive firm Tesla Motors — introduced his imaginative and prescient for the Hyperloop in a 2013 white paper. The system would use pods, touring in tubes in a close to-vacuum, to maneuver individuals between massive cities which might be not more than 900 miles (1,500 kilometers) aside, corresponding to San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The pods would levitate above the bottom. They might subsequently encounter little or no friction, and will zoom alongside at almost the velocity of sound (about 767 mph, or 1,234 km/h, at sea degree), in line with Musk.
Musk envisioned utilizing a cushion of air to realize levitation, however the MIT staff determined to go together with magnets above a conducting plate. The aluminum check monitor that SpaceX is already constructing close to its headquarters will function this conducting plate, MIT group members stated.
"The great thing about the system we designed is that it is utterly passive, a chic property that may make our pod very scalable," Kirschen added.
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