Winning the SpaceX competition for the third time in a row – and breaking their own record – a team of German engineering students from the Technical University of Munich stormed to victory as the fastest pod once again. The team, called WARR Hyperloop, managed to get their self-propelled pod to achieve a top speed of 284 miles per hour (457 kilometres per hour).
Team @WARR_Hyperloop’s official top speed was 284 mph – beating last year’s record!
— Hyperloop (@Hyperloop) July 22, 2018
The competition requires each team to develop a self-propelled pod to travel down a one-mile-long tube with a six-foot outer diameter, and the pod that reaches the top speed is declared the winner.
Some of the other teams that took part in the competition held on Sunday were Keio Alpha from Keio University, Berkeley Hyperloop from the University of California Berkeley, Swissloop from ETH Zurich and UW Hyperloop from the University of Washington.
Lessons learnt from this exercise are likely to be employed to develop the technology required to build transportation through Hyperloop. "SpaceX is revolutionising terrestrial transportation through its Hyperloop services. The company currently provides these services to innovators and universities across the world interested in high-speed transportation technology and solutions," the company's official website said.
This is WARR Hyperloop's third victory in only the third edition of the SpaceX competition. In January 2017, WARR’s prototype was as the fastest pod, excelling against 120 qualified teams over the course of the pod’s technical development.
And months later, they repeated the feat. "After a successful first competition, in slightly over six months we built a completely new prototype: smaller, lighter and much, much faster. With a mass of only 85 kg and a maximum acceleration of 0.9 g, our own propulsion system made us set a new speed record for Hyperloop prototypes at 324 kilometres per hour," the team said on its website.