Elon Musk's dream of creating a superfast new transportation machine got a step towards reality over the weekend.
On Saturday (Jan. 30), a team from the Massachusetts Institute of generation (MIT) received the first level of the SpaceX Hyperloop layout opposition, which turned into held at Texas A&M university in university Station.
The MIT grad students beat out more than one hundred different groups with their design for a passenger-wearing Hyperloop "pod," and will now begin building a small-scale prototype to check this summer season next to SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. [Images: Elon Musk's Hyperloop Transit System of the Future]
"MIT has been worried in so many technological breakthroughs inside the beyond century," group captain Philippe Kirschen, a grasp's student in aeronautics and astronautics, stated in a announcement. "It simply makes sense we might assist develop what might be the future of transportation."
Musk — the CEO of personal spaceflight corporation SpaceX and electric-vehicle agency Tesla motors — announced hisvision for the Hyperloop in a 2013 white paper. The device could use pods, traveling in tubes in a close to-vacuum, to move people between large towns which might be no extra than 900 miles (1,500 kilometers) apart, along with San Francisco and los angeles.
The pods might levitate above the floor. They might consequently encounter very little friction, and will zoom alongside at almost the velocity of sound (approximately 767 mph, or 1,234 km/h, at sea degree), according to Musk.
Musk estimated the use of a cushion of air to achieve levitation, but the MIT group determined to go with magnets above a carrying out plate. The aluminum take a look at tune that SpaceX is already building close to its headquarters will serve as this undertaking plate, MIT team contributors said.
"The beauty of the device we designed is that it is absolutely passive, an fashionable assets on the way to make our pod very scalable," Kirschen introduced.
The MIT crew's prototype Hyperloop pod will be about 8.2 ft (2.5 meters) long by using 3.3 feet (1 m) extensive and weigh 550 lbs. (250 kilograms), with the aerodynamic experience of a bobsled, Kirschen stated. The car might be constructed to deal with a mechanical pusher (for you to offer propulsion) as well as a diffusion of sensors, university officers stated.
The MIT group will need to finish final assembly of its pod by mid-may additionally. the students will purpose to reap a velocity of as a minimum 225 mph (362 km/h) at some point of the vehicle's 20-second inaugural run, so one can no longer encompass wearing any passengers.