MIT Wins Design Competition for Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

January 31, 2016 Updated: January 31, 2016

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—MIT student engineers won a competition to transform SpaceX and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk’s idea into a design for a Hyperloop to move pods of people at high speed.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was named the winner Saturday after a competition among more than 1,000 college students at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The Hyperloop is a high-speed ground transport concept proposed by Musk to transport “pods” of 20 to 30 people through a 12-foot diameter tube at speeds of roughly 700 mph.

This undated conceptual design rendering provided by SpaceX shows a Hyperloop passenger transport capsule, at a station ready to take on passengers. Three Southern California companies plan to build tracks to test how well the speed-of-sound transportation concept known as the "hyperloop" works in the real world. (SpaceX via AP, File)
This undated conceptual design rendering provided by SpaceX shows a Hyperloop passenger transport capsule, at a station ready to take on passengers. Three Southern California companies plan to build tracks to test how well the speed-of-sound transportation concept known as the “hyperloop” works in the real world. (SpaceX via AP, File)

More than 100 university teams presented design concepts to a panel of judges in an event that began Friday.

Delft University of Technology from The Netherlands finished second, the University of Wisconsin third, Virginia Tech fourth and the University of California, Irvine, fifth.

The top teams will build their pods and test them at the world’s first Hyperloop Test Track, being built adjacent to SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California, headquarters.

In this undated file conceptual design file rendering provided by SpaceX shows a Hyperloop passenger transport capsule within a tube, that would zoom passenger capsules through elevated tubes. Three Southern California companies plan to build tracks to test how well the speed-of-sound transportation concept known as the "hyperloop" works in the real world. (SpaceX via AP, File)
In this undated file conceptual design file rendering provided by SpaceX shows a Hyperloop passenger transport capsule within a tube, that would zoom passenger capsules through elevated tubes. Three Southern California companies plan to build tracks to test how well the speed-of-sound transportation concept known as the “hyperloop” works in the real world. (SpaceX via AP, File)

 

This conceptual design file rendering provided by SpaceX shows a Hyperloop passenger transport capsule within a tube that would zoom passenger capsules through elevated tubes. Three Southern California companies plan to build tracks to test how well the speed-of-sound transportation concept known as the "hyperloop" works in the real world. (Phil Larson/SpaceX via AP, File)
This conceptual design file rendering provided by SpaceX shows a Hyperloop passenger transport capsule within a tube that would zoom passenger capsules through elevated tubes. Three Southern California companies plan to build tracks to test how well the speed-of-sound transportation concept known as the “hyperloop” works in the real world. (Phil Larson/SpaceX via AP, File)