In January, SpaceX hosted the Hyperloop Pod Competition at its HQ in Hawthrone. Main & Partners, responsible for the creation of the 3D visuals for the MIT Team Hyperloop, packed up and headed to California to get a taste of the cutting edge of travel technology. Welcome to the future!
After five months of overseas Skype calls and constant dialogue with the MIT team, we did not think twice about flying to California when SpaceX invited us to attend the Hyperloop Pod Competition II. The event was held in January at SpaceX HQ, where 30 university teams from all around the world gathered together to push forward the development of future transportation.
'’SpaceX´s proof-of-concept for the Hyperloop is an insight into the future. The revolutionary transportation system is one step closer to drastically changing people's perception of travel and social interaction, and we are happy to be part of that.’’ -
Alexander Main, Main & Partners' Founder
Off to a flying start
The event kicked off with Elon Musk’s keynote talk. CEO of SpaceX and Tesla shared his inspiring commitment to make the world more sustainable, as well as his view on how 'the fifth mode of transport' could change people's lives.
The scene was filled with infectious enthusiasm and good vibes. After over a year of hard work, all university teams were ready to rumble!
The event was accompanied by a lived band, several food trucks treated the guests with tacos, burritos and delicious pizza. The sunny weather, rarely seen in Denmark during winter time, set up the background to the perfect atmosphere.
Put to the test
Despite all Hyperloop pod prototypes having pushed the boundaries of technology, only three teams made it through: MIT, Delft University and the University of Munich. To try out the pods, the first step was to depressurize the mile-long test tube. After 40 minutes of pumping the air out, the MIT pod was the first to be put to the test.
The camera inside the MIT Pod shows the stability of magnetic levitation! Take a look at how the wheel stops rotating.
The great award
The crowd drew closer as the winners were announced. Awarded 1st place overall Design during the first phase of the competition, the MIT team placed 3rd in Design & Construction as well as in Safety and Reliability. The Warr Hyperloop from the University of Munich won the Prize for Fastest Speed. Yet, Delft University was awarded 1st Prize for Best Overall Performance.
Great congratulations to all the teams!
The whole event has been an enriching and inspiring experience for our company. It was a privilege to meet with the entire MIT Hyperloop team in person, as well as people from other University teams, SpaceX and Tesla. We could not be happier!