SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019 resultsJuly 24, 2019
Hawthorne – SpaceX’s headquarters hosted Hyperloop Pod Competition once again. Last Sunday, top Hyperloop students teams were competing for the fastest Hyperloop capsule title.
And the winner is…
TUM – the Technical University of Munich (formerly known as WARR Hyperloop).
It was the second win of this team and this year they achieved it with a speed of 288 mph (463,5 km/h). Their beat their last year’s own record by only 4 mph. At the end of the run the pod sparkled a bit, but the jury legitimized the run.
Delft Hyperloop, EPFL Hyperloop and Swissloop were beaten out by TUM. Delft unfortunately had a communication error that cut their run short at just around 650 m. EPFL achieved a top speed of 148 mph and Swissloop topped out at 160 mph.
“I think the competition is fun, and inspiring and also useful technology comes out of it,” commented Elon Musk
21 teams with more than 700 members took part in the competition’s finals this year and only 4 teams managed to perform a test run in the tube. This year for the first time all pods had to use their own communication systems, and the pods must be designed to propel themselves to within 100 feet of the far end of the tube before they stop.