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What is Hyperloop

The Hyperloop marks the 5th Generation of Transportation. It is a super-fast levitating vehicle traveling through a vacuum tube at speeds that are faster than a commercial airliner. Without air-drag, the pod avoids turbulences and adverse weather conditions, offering more comfort than a train. Imagine to travel from Munich to Hamburg in 40 minutes! -People or Freight, Convenient as a Train -Faster than an Airplane -Green & Comfortable Read more


The Competition

After Elon Musk released Hyperloop Alpha in 2013, SpaceX is running an open competition, geared towards university students, to design and build the fastest Hyperloop pod. To support this competition, SpaceX is constructing a test track adjacent to the Hawthorne, California headquarters. Teams will be able to test their human-scale pods during a competition weekend at the track in Summer 2017. HyperPodX will be racing against prototypes of universities from all around the world!
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The Team

Our team consists of 23 students from 10 different countries who are enrolled at the University of Oldenburg and the University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer in PhD, master's, and bachelor's programs, including physics, engineering, and computer science. Along with the supervision of two professors, Prof. Dr. Neu and Prof. Dr. Schüning, the international background of the team and the application-oriented research of both universities encourages team innovation.
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The Pod

With simple beginnings, our design was inspired by the Peregrine falcon. This second concept is being tried, tested and simulated through multiple iterations. Throughout such trials, the XPod is being developed. Coming far from its humble beginnings, XPod still holds its Peregrine roots with its desire for immense speed. Employing electromagnetic levitation, stability, and braking systems, a lightweight structure and state of the art navigation systems, XPod is capable of contactless mobility with ultra-low friction.
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The Competition

Since Elon Musk 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 and a handful of private companies have chosen to pursue this effort. SpaceX and Elon Musk are interested in helping to accelerate the 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 their Hawthorne, California headquarters, where the teams will be able to test their pods during a competition weekend. In June 2015, the first Hyperloop Pod competition was announced by SpaceX, a design competition that took place in January 2016 and the still competing teams are expected to test their designs early in 2017. Based on the high-quality submissions and overwhelming enthusiasm surrounding the first competition, SpaceX is moving forward with a second installment of the worldwide competition: Hyperloop Pod Competition II, which will culminate in a second competition in Summer 2017 at the test track. This time the aim of the competition is to find the fastest pod prototype, as so it 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.

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Do you want to know more about the Pod, collaborate or partner with us? Are you an interested student at the University of Oldenburg or the University of Applied Sciences Emden-Leer with knowledge in computer sciences, computer simulations, control systems, and robotics/microrobotics? You are at the right place! Reach out to us and collaborate in an international team to make this project a reality: