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Paradigm Hyperloop Team Competes at SpaceX
The Paradigm Hyperloop team, an international team of students from Northeastern University and Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador, competed August 26-27, 2017 at the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in California. The focus: prove the viability of air based levitation for use in high-speed applications by building a prototype Hyperloop pod capable of reaching 200 mph. The team placed second in the competition! They were also one of only three teams out of 25 invited teams globally representing 35 countries that qualified as a finalist, and they were the only North American team in the finals.
Theodore Rausch, E'19, mechanical engineering, explained the significance of the achievement, "To date, five teams have run in the Hyperloop tube (during the first and now second competition): Technical University of Munich, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, ETH Zurich in Switzerland, MIT, and our team. The international teams are all composed of students who take a year off from school to work on the project (and they all have government funding), and the MIT team was staffed by a majority of graduate students. Not only are we on the level of these other groups, we have gone the second fastest of all the teams listed. On top of that, we are the only team to use air levitation -- a significant technical challenge."
“I am so very proud of our students and the Paradigm Hyperloop undergraduate team for their tremendous accomplishment placing second in the SpaceX competition against 25 invited teams globally, and for being one of only five teams who were in the finals over the last two years that the competition has existed. Through dedication, innovation, and global collaboration, they are boldly inventing a revolutionary next-generation transportation system that could have a profound impact on society,” said Nadine Aubry, Dean of the College of Engineering at Northeastern University.
Follow their updates at the competition at: https://www.facebook.com/paradigm.hyperloop
Hyperloop is a new mode of commuter and cargo transport in development that has potential to revolutionize transportation by being faster, “cleaner,” and more cost effective than planes and trains. It comprises pods zooming atop a cushion of air along low- pressure tubes at 700- plus mph, close to the speed of sound, where passengers could travel in comfort, from San Francisco to Los Angeles, in under 30 minutes. View a video simulation of Hyperloop and the future of transportation: