Hyperloop is Elon Musk’s (CEO of Tesla and SpaceX) concept for the future of mass transport. It offers a new means of transporting people and goods quickly, safely, efficiently and with minimal impact to the environment.
Hyperloop uses electric propulsion to accelerate a passenger or cargo pod through a low-pressure tube. The autonomous pod levitates above the track using magnets in order to eliminate friction. It will be faster than air travel and will allow you to travel from London to Edinburgh in 40 minutes. Carbon emissions, noise, delays, weather concerns and pilot error are ultimately eliminated.
What is SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition?
SpaceX announced the Hyperloop Pod Competition in 2015 with the goal of supporting the development of functional prototypes and encouraging innovation by having hundreds of contesting student teams design and build the best high-speed Pod.
Based on these successes, SpaceX is moving forward with the fourth installment: The 2019 Hyperloop Pod Competition. As with previous competitions, this competition will be judged solely on one criteria: maximum speed with successful deceleration of self-propelled pods.