The SpaceX Competition
Tremendous interest in the technology has spawned a competition, hosted by SpaceX, to determine who can: design, test, and build the best hyperloop pod. Teams from around the world have formed to tackle this great engineering challenge. A few students at the University of Washington decided to take on this challenge three years ago. Subsequently, Washington Hyperloop was born.
In the first SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, our team won the Subsystem Safety Technical Excellence Award at Design Weekend. We also placed 4th in the USA and 6th in the world out of 1,200 teams.
For the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition II, our team focused on refining our previous design and optimized for improving speed. We successfully made it through the design phase and were chosen to compete in the final round of the competition at SpaceX again, shoulder-to-shoulder with the best teams on the planet.
Currently, our team has finalized our POD design and have progressed to our manufacturing phase for the third competition. This competition is all about speed, and ,as stated previously, our design is capable of 200 mph in 12 seconds!
The funds generated from this campaign will be allocated to three different areas.
Travel expenses are very high for our team. The competition is held in Hawthorn, CA at SpaceX headquarters, and we have to pay for our team members airfare, accommodations, etc. in addition to the transportation cost of the actual pod.
The physical parts for the Pod are easily our most expensive budget items. Our parts can range anywhere from $10 to $5,000. Often, our parts are very expensive given their specialized nature. Designing a futuristic transit system has steep costs.