By: Vivek Kumar
July 15th Update:
Over the last few weeks we’ve heard a lot of feedback from teams about the proposed timing for our Competition Weekend. We know everyone is really excited to show off their designs, but many have also told us that you’d like more time to refine your designs.
We’ve listened to the teams’ feedback, and to maximize the number of participating teams, Competition Weekend will be held on January 27-29, 2017.
Since we first unveiled the idea for a new high-speed ground transport system called the Hyperloop back in 2013, there has been a tremendous amount of interest in the concept. We are excited that a handful of private companies have chosen to pursue this effort.
Neither SpaceX nor Elon Musk is affiliated with any Hyperloop companies. While we are not developing a commercial Hyperloop ourselves, we are interested in helping to accelerate development of a functional Hyperloop prototype.
For this reason, SpaceX is announcing an open competition, geared towards university students and independent engineering teams, to design and build the best Hyperloop pod. To support this competition, SpaceX will construct a one-mile test track adjacent to our Hawthorne, California headquarters. Teams will be able to test their human-scale pods during a competition weekend at the track, scheduled for January 27-29, 2017. The knowledge gained here will continue to be open-sourced.
Break a pod!