SpaceX announced a Hyperloop pod competition. Expected to start in June next year, it would be held in the Hyperloop test track, reaching up 1.6 miles in length. It will be built next to SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
We have already talked in great lengths about the concept behind the Hyperloop. It is still in its conceptual stage. Many are speculating the use of solar technology in allowing free of cost travel for the passengers. The concept of Hyperloop would allow human travel at the speeds exceeding 1200 kilometers per hour. As already discussed, the trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles will only take 25 minutes.
More About The Competition
It is an open source competition and anyone can participate. However, SpaceX wants university students and independent engineering team to take part in it. The participants would need to design and build half-scale passenger pods as per the given design specifications to be shared in August this year. In order to become part of the pod competition organized by SpaceX, teams must submit their formal intent by September 15th, 2015. The finished pods will compete with each other on the same track in June 2016. No human will be allowed to ride the pods during the competition. SpaceX further added that the knowledge gained during this competition will remain open sourced.
In January Elon Musk said, “People could compete, say, who could make the pod go the fastest, and maybe compete on other dimensions. I think that could be pretty fun.”