Period: 2017 - 2018

Collaborators: Hyped - Edinburgh Hyperloop Team

Location: Los Angeles, CA & Edinburgh, UK

Website: hyp-ed.com

Hyperloop is Elon Musk’s concept for the future of mass transportation. It offers a new means of transporting people and goods quickly, safely, efficiently, and with minimised environmental impact.

The Hyperloop uses electric propulsion to accelerate a passenger or cargo pod through a low-pressure tube. The autonomous pod employs magnetic levitation to eliminate friction. The Hyperloop would allow travel times considerably shorter than current rail or air travel times. Carbon emissions, noise, delays, journey time, weather concerns and pilot error are ultimately eliminated.

In 2017, I joined HYPED, a team of over 100+ students across academic disciplines at the University of Edinburgh dedicated to accelerating the development of Hyperloop. HYPED is advancing both technical and commercial development of Hyperloop, having seen success in two international competitions.

For the SpaceX Competition 2018, we spent a year designing and engineering our very own Hyperloop Pod. Our pod made use of passive magnetic levitation, Halbach wheel propulsion and highly sophisticated software for navigation and control systems.
After months of hard work, we got selected for the finals of the SpaceX Competition in Hawthorne, California.
The final week was an extremely challenging but exciting experience. Engineers from SpaceX walked us through a variety of hard technical tests and challenges that were able to manage very successfully. Due to a malfunction of our CAN-BUS tranceiver at the very end, we were not able to make it to the last run but we were very happy to have reached the 6th place among hundreds of universities.

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