Hyperloop passenger capsule set a new speed record

In 2013, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon musk has created yet another bold idea. He was eager to spend under the cities of the vacuum tube, inside of which, at speeds over 1000 kilometers per hour, will move the capsule with passengers. One of the first underground routes will be laid between Washington and new York, but before that it is important to create a passenger capsule that will be able to develop high speed and to provide people with complete safety. The design of the capsules engaged students from different engineering institutes and among them, particularly the team from Germany — recently their machine overclocked to a record 463 kilometers per hour.

The record was set during the fourth competition of the Hyperloop Pod Competition. The event itself is Elon Musk, which gives the opportunity for students to demonstrate they have created a capsule. To take first place, devices need to quickly go inside a 1.6-kilometer-long pipes and safe to stay.

A new record Hyperloop

In 2019 the application form for participation in competition filed 21 team, but the judges allowed to compete only four capsules. They were Hyperloop Delft (Netherlands), EPHL Hyperloop (Switzerland), Swissloop (Switzerland) and Hyperloop TUM (Germany). The last capsule, by the way, used to be called the Hyperloop WARR and won all the previous competitions. Her speed record in 2018 457 kilometers per hour.

TUM Hyperloop capsule

Students from Germany showed their best side this year. They broke its own record, breaking the capsule Hyperloop TUM to 463 kilometers per hour. Unfortunately, the check-in was not as smooth as I wanted on the video you can see how the achievement of a record speed around the unit there are sparks and flying small parts. Most likely, it happened because of damage to the pipe wall and not the capsule.

Second place went to capsule Swissloop created at ETH Zurich — it clocked up to 252 kilometers per hour. Third we reached the finish line capsule EPFL Hyperloop, which was created by other Swiss students and reached a speed of 238 kilometers per hour. Camera Hyperloop Delft from the Netherlands was unable to finish the race, because after the departure to a distance of 200 meters, he lost contact with the team and independently braked.

Underground transport

After completing the contest, the developers began to improve their capsules. At the moment the best option for passengers is, of course, TUM Hyperloop, but he has room to grow. First the German students it is important to accelerate it to the required 1000 kilometres per hour. Second, they need to work on the security of the capsule — after all, no one wants during high-speed driving she began to collapse and destroy the tunnel that moves?

Team member TUM Hyperloop looks inside the tunnel

The next competition Hyperloop Pod Competition will be held in 2020, and will be much harder than the previous one. Elon Musk has announcedthat the length of the tunnel is as much as 9.7 kilometers, and one of its plots will be slightly curved. Students will have to seriously work on maneuverability and safety of their capsules, because this bending may occur accident.

The creators of the Hyperloop capsule TUM

Most likely, the venue will change too. At the moment it passes in California, site of the headquarters of SpaceX. That there is a 1.2-kilometer-long highway, but you can extend it up to 9.7 kilometers the company is unable because of lack of space. Exactly where will be constructed a new tunnel, not yet reported.

And now, the most interesting: How much will it cost for the Hyperloop travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg?