Swissloop Ready to Step up Their GameSeptember 27, 2020
Even though the pandemic has changed the reality, including international events such as Hyperloop Pod Competition, Swissloop’s team stays optimistic. These young engineers and designers have recently presented their new pod to the public, and since there was not really any time pressure, which usually associated with deadlines imposed by SpaceX, the team could take their time to perfect their linear motor.
Swissloop comprises of twenty ambitious students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and other Swiss universities. They have backgrounds in mechanical and electrical engineering, industrial design, business, law and communication. The team, although it changes on a yearly basis, has a history in the competition. They have been regularly competing in California and even last year they have managed to get a second place. Although the situation worldwide can be classified as tough, the Swiss students have decided not to rest and came up with an improved model of their hyperloop pod.
Swissloop’s newest pod has been named after the famous Swiss race car driver Simona de Silvestro. It differs form the last one in a sense that it’s chassis has been made out of aluminium instead of carbon. It is also much shorter, and it runs on a battery and a motor which are smaller compared to Simona de Silvestro’s predecessor. However, maybe the most significant changes have been made with regard to the linear motor. The team believes that what they have done is a valuable source of information:
“We are one of the few groups worldwide capable of achieving such high speeds with this size of linear motor,” said Electrical Lead, Michael Rogenmoser.
The team has also been organising a series of online seminars with researchers and students from all over the world to share their findings and spread their knowledge.