Another University Prepares for the CompetitionMarch 12, 2020
A private university from the United States wishes to enter the Hyperloop Pod Competition organized by SpaceX this year. It is Cornell University, one of the eight Ivy League schools.
One of the students involved in a hyperloop project there, Alec Wyatt, is an undergraduate student. He is very interested in building a transportation infrastructure that would be more sustainable than what we have right now. He is studying electrical engineering with special interest in renewable energy.
He is a member of Cornell Hyperloop team which brought him to the Emerson Manufacturing Lab. It is a well-equipped support lab for the MAE Program and the College of Engineering’s Student Project team program. It is a common place for project teams to set up their shops.
The team is working hard on their pod even though this year’s iteration of the challenge has yet to be officially scheduled. They have already built the shell and a lot of their other designs are almost finished on paper. Their goal is to build the pod this semester.
It is Alec Wyatt who is in charge of the electrical team which is responsible for powering all the systems present in the pod. They have to take care of the battery, motors, sensors and also the software that enables gathering all the data from the pod while it is on the move.
Wyatt says that the competition parameters given by SpaceX enable the teams to be creative when working on their designs. And to be honest, with such a strong competition, it is very important to come up with a good idea.
The team from Cornell seems to be committed to their project and they will be fighting to get to the final stage of the competition which is taking place in Hawthorne, California.