The SpaceX launched its second Hyperloop Pod Competition; for students feed at the test track built near SpaceX test track on Sunday. There were total 600 engineering students; who had been drawn from 24 different universities around of the world. In the last run, the long test track had three finalists jockeying for speed ascendancy.
The Finalists Of Hyperloop Pod Competition:
These finalists include Swissloop from Switzerland, Germany’s WARR Hyperloop and a North American team with members from Northeastern; and Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada; which was named as Paradigm.
The ambitious teams jostled to see; which team could attain the highest speed in shooting their prototype vehicles via a 1.25-kilometer tube; adjacent to the SpaceX factory in Hawthorne, California.
The Winner Of this Competition:
The WARR unit won the Hyperloop Pod Competition; which was created by a team of students at the Technical University of Munich. Its speed was 324 km/h that means over 201 mph. It topped the 200 mph speed, and WARR was the only one; that attempted to reach its highest speed during the competition.
It made it to the highest speed by sending its prototype vehicle through an almost airless tube. Subsequently, this resulted in achieving the maximum speed which goes over 200 mph; and was twice the speed of the runner-up team Paradigm could achieve; which was approximately 102 kph in the long tube.
How Musk Uplifts the Students:
Consequently, the team deservedly gained the praise; and encouragement from the SpaceX CEO and Co-founder Elon Musk; who entitled them with a victory. He raved about the team by saying that; it was overwhelmingly impressive to see such performance as a result of students initiative. (also read, Elon Musk Has Got Verbal Approval To Build Underground Hyperloop)
“That’s over 200 miles per hour!” the delighted Musk told an audience full of engineering students, tech geeks and journalists gathered. However, it was the fastest speed yet recorded; he showed his optimism; saying that he hopes that even higher rates could be gained in future; and that pushing for technical breakthroughs is critical in life.
“You need these things to inspire us,” he said. Otherwise, “what’s the point of life?”
Moreover, the billionaire tech industrialist also made an announcement of their persistent efforts of keep holding Hyperloop Pod Competition next year; and many more years to come. He said there will be a lot more opportunities in the third Hyperloop Pod competition next year.
However, it is worth noting that the event itself is voluntarily arranged; but these efforts are of SpaceX; and notably this time The Boring Company’s employees were also seen; giving their services voluntarily on race and; mentoring the students gearing up for the test and working on their vehicles.