Hurtling between cities at 350km/hr - not fantasy

The Hyperloop is a train-like pod that rides on a cushion of air in a reduced pressure tube. It is capable of travelling several hundred miles per hour and is immune to weather, low-cost, self-powering and safe.
UWaterloo undergraduate students may just have the future of this technology in their hands.

Hyperloop design from UWaterlooComprised of 43 ambitious UWaterloo students, the Waterloop team is a force to be reckoned with. In January 2015, they entered their prototype into the international Hyperloop pod competition. After judges sifted through 1,200 proposals from around the world, UWaterloo’s team placed in the top 30 and is advancing to the third and final round of competition this summer.

The competition is run by SpaceX, an American space transportation and aerospace manufacturer. By launching the contest, the company wants to test the world's brightest minds to design a Hyperloop prototype and catalyze the world’s next major advance in transportation technology.

First-year Architecture student and Waterlooper, Montgomery de Luna, is excited to be part of the global community striving to turn the Hyperloop concept into reality. 

At least two companies in California are working on commercializing the technology, as well as a startup in Canada and Europe. Many companies and great minds are working on making it happen and the results of this competition will have a large impact on determining the trajectory of the technology moving forward.

UWaterloo students rose to the challenge after hearing about the competition and tweeting out a call for teammates. Dubbing themselves Waterloop, the team designed and built their prototype using brake and levitation systems, using as many off-shelf materials as possible.

In August 2016, Waterloop will travel to the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California where they will test their human-scale pod prototype on a one-mile track. The competition will test speed, safety and performance and provide data for competitors to move these designs closer to commercialisation.

Waterloop presenting design in Engineering 3

If the Hyperloop succeeds, it has the potential to replace short domestic flights, make inter-city travel faster and easier, and reduce emissions by using solar power rather than jet fuelWaterloop’s prototype will travel at nearly 350 kilometers per hour, providing a smooth travel experience and minimal energy waste. The future full scale design will have an average speed of 970km/h and a top speed of 1200km/h.

De Luna is proud of the team’s industrial design:

Our prototype has been designed to be as simple and economical as possible, while still performing all necessary functions for the full size Hyperloop. If it is successful, it has the potential to revolutionize the transit industry in the same manner the train and airplane have before it.

Concept pod

Follow Waterloop on Twitter and Facebook as they test their prototype this summer. Good luck Waterloop and hope to ride with you soon! 

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