Spain comes to the future by Hyperloop

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Spain comes to the future by Hyperloop

The Hyperloop UPV prototype.
The Hyperloop UPV prototype.

Hyperloop UPV, the project to develop the train of the future in Spain, could materialise this August. The student team from Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) who designed the train were short-listed out of 300 teams representing universities from all over the world to make the first Hyperloop prototype.

The Hyperloop Pod Competition is an initiative of SpaceX, the American aerospace company established by Elon Musk – the man behind Tesla Motors, SolarCity and PayPal, among other successful ventures. The competition is aimed at the development of a supersonic transportation system in which a pod-like vehicle is propelled through a reduced-pressure tube, at a speed in excess of 1000km/h.

After winning the awards for Propulsion System and Design Concept at the Design Weekend, the members of the Hyperloop UPV team were invited to enter Hyperloop Pod Competition I, held in Los Angeles, California, in January 2017. This enabled them to share their developments, which earned them at place at Pod Competition II in August.

International alliance

In order to face the new challenge, the original team added resources, so that now the project is being carried out by 30 UPV students and entrepreneurs with the support of the renowned Purdue University from Indiana, USA. They are ready to develop their prototype under the name of ‘Atlantic II’.

The Purdue-UPV alliance is the first transatlantic collaboration of this kind being jointly carried out by universities. While the American team will contribute their expertise, the Spaniards will bring along their sophisticated, revolutionary design for the Hyperloop prototype.

Hyperloop Pod Competition II will take place at the SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles from 25 to 27 August. Teams will introduce their functional prototypes for one life-sized dummy passenger, propelled through a reduced-pressure tube in a SpaceX 1.5km-long rail at a speed of 150 to 350km/h.

Sustainable and efficient mobility

The Hyperloop project is aimed at improving sustainability in intermodal transportation, that is, transportation using multiple means of transport for greater global efficiency.