Since SpaceX first unveiled the idea for a new high-speed ground transport system called the Hyperloop back in 2013, there has been a tremendous amount of interest in the concept.
Neither SpaceX nor Elon Musk is affiliated with any Hyperloop companies. While spacex is not developing a commercial Hyperloop ourselves, spacex is interested in helping to accelerate development of a functional Hyperloop prototype.
For this reason, SpaceX is running an open competition, geared towards university students and independent engineering teams, to design and build the best Hyperloop pod. To support this competition, SpaceX is constructing a test track adjacent to our Hawthorne, California headquarters. Teams will be able to test their human-scale pods during a competition weekend at the track, scheduled for January 27-29, 2017. The knowledge gained here will continue to be open-sourced.
Based on the high-quality submissions and overwhelming enthusiasm surrounding the competition, SpaceX is moving forward with a second installment of the competition: spacex_hyperloop_competition_ii_rules
, which will culminate in a second competition 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.
Note: This competition is a SpaceX event. SpaceX has no affiliation with any Hyperloop companies, including, but not limited to, those frequently referenced by the media.
- IMPORTANT DATES
- JANUARY 29-30, 2016
IN-PERSON DESIGN WEEKEND WITH ALL INVITED ENTRANTS: RESULTS.TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS
- AUGUST 31, 2016COMPETITION II RULES AND REQUIREMENTSRELEASED
- SEPTEMBER 30, 2016COMPETITION II INTENT TO COMPETE FORM AND SIGNED LETTER OF SUPPORT DUE AT 5PM PACIFIC
- JANUARY 27-29, 2017
Competition Weekend I
SELECTED PODS COMPETE AT COMPETITION WEEKEND I.SPACEX HYPERLOOP TEST TRACK
- SUMMER 2017
Competition Weekend II
SELECTED PODS COMPETE AT COMPETITION WEEKEND II.SPACEX HYPERLOOP TEST TRACK
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