This is the story of the Hyperloop UPV team, Spanish students from Universitat Politècnica de València awarded Top Design Concept and Best Propulsion Subsystem at SpaceX’s Hyperloop Competition “Design Weekend”, a competition promoted by Elon Musk to boost the development of the future of transportation.
We at Hyperloop UPV are a Spanish team of students from the Technical University of Valencia, who are designing the Hyperloop, a futuristic train concept that could travel at more than 1000 kph with renewable energies. After taking part in the competition organized by SpaceX (Elon Musk’s company) in Texas in January 2016, we were awarded two prizes, the ‘Top Design Concept’ and ‘Best Propulsion Subsystem’ in a competition with over a hundred other teams from some of the most prestigious universities in the world (MIT, Standford, Purdue, UC-Berkeley, TU DELFT…). UPV Hyperloop was one of only 3 European teams that received an award.
Space-X announced that they will continue celebrating these contests yearly to boost development of the technology; the next big dates are January 2017 and Summer 2017. After our success in Texas, the Hyperloop UPV team has been invited to participate at a January event in Los Angeles, where we will be showcasing our ‘rail-free’ levitation system. Strategically, we have also increased the team size from 5 to over 30 paticipants. Yet our objectives are more ambitious: to build a full Hyperloop prototype for the California competition which will be held in the Summer of 2017.