Elon Musk's SpaceX Plans Hyperloop Pod Races at California HQ in 2016

April 28, 2016 – 08:31 am

ET3 Hyperloop conceptSource: ET3

ET3 Hyperloop concept

The contest announced Monday marks the most concrete step Musk has taken to turn the multibillion-dollar Hyperloop into a reality.

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Two years ago, Musk said he couldn't get involved in building the Hyperloop, due to the crush of his duties as CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Since then, several other groups have tried to push the concept forward. One venture, called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, is working on a deal to build its own 5-mile test track in central California. Another startup, Hyperloop Technologies, is building hardware.

"We are excited that a handful of private companies have chosen to pursue this effort, " SpaceX said in a statement. "Neither SpaceX nor Elon Musk is affiliated with any Hyperloop companies. While we are not developing a commercial Hyperloop ourselves, we are interested in helping to accelerate development of a functional Hyperloop prototype."

Hence the fast-track pod competition.

SpaceX said the contest would be geared toward university students and independent engineering teams. Their task would be to design and build half-scale passenger pods, in accordance with design specifications that are to be released in August.

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Teams have to signal their formal intent to compete by Sept. 15. A "design weekend" would be held at Texas A&M University on Jan. 9, 2016. During that event, the teams' proposed designs would be vetted by a panel of experts from SpaceX, Tesla and universities.

The finished pods would be pitted against each other on the test track in June 2016. The track would be less than full scale, with an inner diameter of 4 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 meters). No humans would be allowed on the pods during the competition, SpaceX said.


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