Ambitious transport from the founder of Tesla and SpaceX have developed incredible speed
TUM Hyperloop clocked up 463 kilometers per hour
Prototype vacuum train Hyperloop, designed by Elon Musk, was able to set a world record speed of 463 kilometers per hour. The record was set as part of the competition Hyperloop Pod Competition. The event is organized by the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, which gives the opportunity for students to demonstrate they have created a capsule.
The condition of the competition, winners may be required to disperse the capsules in a vacuum tube up to maximum speed over a distance of 1.6 kilometers and safely stop.
TUM Hyperloop capsule
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.
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.
The winning team with their prototype
The next competition Hyperloop Pod Competition will be held in 2020, and will be much harder than the previous one. Elon Musk has announced that the length of the tunnel will be 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.
Recall that the idea of creating such transport has arisen from Elon musk in 2013. The inventor 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.
We will remind that earlier scientists said that in Ukraine it is possible to introduce the technology of the Hyperloop. Although many experts are skeptical the project, calling the project “science fiction”.
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