Hyperloop Team of Virginia Tech
This project involves the design of a passenger pod for use in a new, high-speed mass transit system called “Hyperloop”, pitched by Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla. Hyperloop incorporates reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air bearings propelled by linear induction motors and air compressors. A competition being hosted by SpaceX will allow competitors to present their pod design in December, and have the chance, if desired, to construct and test a prototype on a test track in California, in June of 2016.
Undergraduate and graduate students are working diligently and cooperatively to design this pod. We currently have 32 undergraduates, 6 graduates, and 2 advisors.