Deft Hyperloop Prepares for the CompetitionFebruary 9, 2020
With the fifth SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition getting closer, we can see the contestants preparing and sharing the progress they have made so far.
It is especially interesting when it comes to Deft Hyperloop which is a multidisciplinary team of students from the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft) who are competing in the Pod Competition. They were even the winners in 2017 and they also who won the Excellence in the Open Education Awards in 2019.
After having completed the design phase, Delft Hyperloop has now started the production. Recently, some of the team members went to Airborne to learn how to work with their carbon fibres for the chassis and aerodynamic shell.
Airborne is a Dutch company that specializes in advanced composites and in works on industrialisation of engineering and manufacturing of durable fiber reinforced composites for space, aeronautics and marine industries.
The other team members were also invited to the company. The Structures, Braking and Suspension Departments and were allowed to utilize the firm’s know-how. On top of that, some of the electrical engineers had a three-day course on software in order to improve the test setup. After that the team took part in a training provided by Roland Berger which is a global strategy consulting company.
Apart from that, Deft Hyperloop team has prepared a free online course about the hyperloop technology and everything it entails. The course began this month.
It is great to see that big companies are willing to support young students who are passionate about high-tech solutions and want to contribute to the development of hyperloop.