SpaceX´s Hyperloop Competition Winner together with Hubertus Mühlhäuser and Rainer Oestreicher
Los Angeles August 27, 2017
In a thrilling conclusion to Sunday’s competition, the student team WARR Hyperloop won the second SpaceX Hyperloop Competition with a top speed of 324 km/h - the fastest speed ever reached by a Hyperloop pod. Powered by outstanding enthusiasm, inventive genius and MÜHLHÄUSER sponsorship.
A brand new concept
Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla and initiator of the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, had set a clear criterion: the fastest pod wins. Six months ago the WARR Hyperloop team set to work overhauling its previous prototype and produced a different and significantly lighter version that, for the first time, had its own propulsion system. By using an electric motor and therefore being independent from the SpaceX accelerator vehicle used by most competitors to gain speed, the team gave themselves a competitive edge.
Perfect ride at 324 km/h followed by controlled braking
The 1.25 km test tube adjacent to SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, LA had been built specifically for the Hyperloop Pod Competition. The tube is depressurized, reducing air resistance during the high-speed run. With the team gathered round control tent at the tube end WARR Hyperloop operators performed a successful launch and the preprogrammed control sequence took over. While the pod accelerated for a full three quarters of the tube, and after reaching 324 km/h the brakes kicked in to stop the pod in 3 seconds.
Elon Musk / Hyperloop
Initiator Elon Musk arrived at the competition in time to watch the final competitors and spoke to the crowd about the Hyperloop concept and why he decided to instigate the competition. The founder chatted with the WARR Hyperloop team as they prepared for launch and described their run as „amazing“.
The Hyperloop Alpha Study
The Hyperloop mobility concept had been introduced by Elon Musk in 2013 with his Alpha Study. The original concept described levitating high-speed trains traveling through a vacuum tube at approximately the speed of sound (around 700 mph). These tubes would be used to connect large metropolis regions and allow faster and more efficient traveling in comparison to today's means of transportation.
The Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Space Flight (WARR), a student organization at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has around 200 student members active in all fields of astronautics and is internationally successful with its varied projects. Besides the latest Hyperloop project, the group has over 50 years experience developing rockets, building satellites and designing Space Elevators.
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