This is an engineering competition from outside source that is open to students.
History of SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition
On August 12, 2013, SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk released a white paper on the Hyperloop, his concept of high-speed ground transport. In order to accelerate the development of a functional prototype and to encourage student innovation, SpaceX announced a competition in 2015 to design and build a half-scale Hyperloop Pod. For this competition, student teams from around the country and world came together for a Design Weekend in January 2016 to share their Pod designs. Top teams selected at Design Weekend advanced to the build phase and spent 2016 turning their designs into working Pods. These teams are currently preparing to take part in Competition Weekend on January 27–29, 2017, where they will race their Pods on a Hyperloop test track adjacent to SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California, headquarters.
Hyperloop Pod Competition II
Hyperloop Pod Competition II will culminate in a second Competition Weekend in Summer 2017 at SpaceX’s Hyperloop test track. Hyperloop Competition II will be focused on a single criterion: maximum speed. The second competition is open to new student teams interested in competing on the test track as well as to existing student teams who have already built and tested Pods to further refine their designs.
For more information, please download Hyperloop_Competition_II_Rules. There are some differences from Competition Weekend I rules, with two important updates being:
- This competition will purely be a student competition.
- Pods will be judged solely on the maximum safe speed achieved with successful deceleration (i.e. not crashing).
To apply, your first deadline is filling out the Intent To Compete from at www.SpaceX.com/Hyperloop/Submissions by September 30, 2016.