Hyperloop Testing Begins at SpaceX
Elon Musk and company have begun actively testing some Hyperloop technology at SpaceX.
Teams of engineering students competed in the first Hyperloop pod contest at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne on January 29, The San Jose Mercury News reported. The pods were tested in a six-foot wide tube on Jack Northrop Avenue.
The contest involved 27 teams from six countries, but only three pods were actually tested in the vacuum chamber. The other teams could not pass muster with SpaceX’s engineers. The winner was the team from Delft University in the Netherlands; which tested a pod that uses just enough electricity to power a light bulb.
The pods only travelled at around 50 miles an hour in the test. The fastest pod came from the Technical University of Munich in Germany; it ran at a speed of 55 miles per hour.
The only American Pod tested that from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reached a speed of just 44 miles per hour. It is designed to move at 200 miles per hour.
Musk Stages Hyperloop Competition
“This was done to encourage innovation in transport technology,” Musk said in a press conference before the competition. “To really just get people to innovate and think about doing things in a way that’s not just a repeat of the past, but to explore the boundaries of physics and see what is really, really possible.”
“I think we’ll find that it’s way more incredible than we ever realized,” Musk added. “That’s really the overarching purpose of this Hyperloop competition. I think it’s going to be ultimately something that inspires the world and results in real transportation technology.”
Musk and Space X are planning another Hyperloop competition at Space X this summer. Musk currently has no plans to go into the Hyperloop business at this time.
Not yet the Kitty Hawk Moment
This is not yet the Kitty Hawk Moment; that is the concrete demonstration of Hyperloop as a practical transportation technology and a dramatic showcase like Wilbur and Orville Wilbur’s flight at Kill Devil Hill. No it is ground work, a demonstration that Hyperloop can work on a larger scale.
My guess is that the Kitty Hawk moment will come this spring at the full scale text track, Hyperloop One is constructing at the Apex Industrial Park in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Hyperloop One CEO Rob Lloyd has stated that a public test of a full scale Hyperloop might come in April.
Hopefully some of the teams that demonstrated in Hawthorne will take their pods to North Las Vegas for testing there. Having two working Hyperloop test facilities in operation will certainly bring this technology closer to reality.https://geekcrunch.reviews/hyperloop-testing-begins-spacex/https://i2.wp.com/geekcrunch.reviews/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1021874_1_Hyperloop-One-Dubai_standard.jpg?fit=900%2C600&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/geekcrunch.reviews/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1021874_1_Hyperloop-One-Dubai_standard.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1InnovationHyperloop as a practical transportation technology,Hyperloop business,Hyperloop Competition,Hyperloop One,Hyperloop Testing Begins at SpaceX,Kitty Hawk moment,Musk Stages Hyperloop Competition,SpaceXElon Musk and company have begun actively testing some Hyperloop technology at SpaceX. Teams of engineering students competed in the first Hyperloop pod contest at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne on January 29, The San Jose Mercury News reported. The pods were tested in a six-foot wide tube on Jack Northrop...Daniel JenningsDaniel Jennings[email protected]AuthorGeek Crunch Reviews