New Speed Record Set by Hyperloop Test Pod
A competition helping to drive development of the futuristic hyperloop transport system has been won by engineering students from Munich.
The hyperloop idea involves passengers in pods travelling at very high speeds down sealed tunnels. The team’s pod hit 457 km/h on a 1.2 km test track. Run by the SpaceX aerospace company, the competition aims to refine the technoologies that could underpin the super-fast transport system.
The idea for hyperloop, which would see pods speed through a sealed tunnel to reduce friction or air resistance, has been around for decades and was fleshed out by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk in 2012.
“This is really the first opportunity to create a new mode of transport,” Musk said when he dropped by the competition, talkign to the teams and watching the test runs. “That’s really what this competition is about – things that could radically transform cities and the way people get around.”