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Hyperloop Team Heads To Second Phase Of Competition
January 25, 2017

The Virginia Tech Hyperloop team is making final preparations for the Jan. 27th and 28th Hyperloop competition at SpaceX headquarters.

The team of undergraduates is one of 29 teams that will test their transportation pod on SpaceX’s mile-long track. This competition is the second part of Hyperloop I and will serve as a launching point for the Hyperloop II competition to take place in the summer of 2017.

Hyperloop is a high-speed transportation system using a passenger-carrying pod in a near-vacuum tube that is envisioned to reach speeds in excess of 700 mph.

In January 2016, the Virginia Tech Hyperloop team placed fourth and garnered a Technical Excellence Award against more than 120 teams representing many of the top universities in the world. The Hyperloop project was initiated by SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk.

Once at SpaceX, teams will have several days to test their pods in a vacuum chamber before moving the pods to the competition track at the Hawthorne, California, facility. While speeds of a true Hyperloop vehicle are estimated to be in the range of 700 mph, competition speeds will be far lower. Points will be given for speed, but the speed metric doesn’t fully outweigh other factors.

The Virginia Tech team’s original pod, Vhyper, was unveiled in September and featured a cold-gas propulsion system that was designed to achieve speeds of around 400 mph. In a re-evaluation of competition goals and lessons learned from building Vhyper, the multidisciplinary engineering team took a different approach and revised their overall plan and built a second pod they call V-17.

Results from the competition are expected to be released by SpaceX on Jan. 29th.

This story can be found on the Virginia Tech News website.

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