The competition design entries of the Hyperloop have been released by the various teams
Over a dozen competing teams from around the world have been set the task of building a fully functional model of their pods to be tested on SpaceX’s one-mile track. Elon Musk’s Hyperloop transportation competition is now entering the second phase, as selected teams have begun work on designing and building their pods.
It’s still not yet clear when the deadline for the prototypes is up. However leaked emails sent to the competing teams suggest that it will be around mid-August.
The tests for the 700mph transportation system are due to be carried out in Hawthorne, California. Each team has been given money to create their prototypes, however the entries are not expected to the reach the maximum speed limits.
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SpaceX’s Hyperloop pod design competition launched last January. Over one thousand student and non-student teams from around the world entered the competition. Teams from Australia, Japan, Germany and America, are among the finalists who have made it to the second phase.
Musk, the billionaire co-founder of Paypal, has described the Hyperloop as “the fifth mode of transportation”. The futuristic design works by shooting pods through vacuum tubes using magnetic levitation.
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The frictionless vacuum could take passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 30 minutes. The equivalent in the UK would see people shoot from London to Edinburgh in a cool 35 minutes.
Alongside the ongoing design competition, two private companies are also working on bringing the Hyperloop concept to market. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) have released images revealing what the interior of the pods might look like.
The pictures show light leather interiors, with individual and paired seats lining a narrow aisle. The windows have been replaced by videos of passing scenery that will help keep passengers entertained, as well combating the potential claustrophobic feeling of the pods.
Have a look through our gallery below to see the designs that will be hitting the test track in Quay Valley later this year.