Delft Hyperloop wins second place at SpaceX competition in California

Jul

23

2018

Delft Hyperloop team won second place in the third edition of the SpaceX competition in Hawthorne, California. The team had to deal with engine problems. The winner of the competition, a German team, achieved a speed record.

The Delft team announces on Twitter that they have achieved second place. A spokesman says to the NOS that the team almost could not have participated because the onboard computer was burned out. By using an old copy, participation was still possible. A design error in the engine eventually resulted in the pod not going faster than 142km / h, according to the NOS. A part of the engine became overheated. The target speed was 450 km / h.

The spokesman says about the on-board computer: “Then there was suddenly life in our capsule and we at night at SpaceX, which was especially open to us, can still do the final tests and heard that we could still participate in the competition We are therefore very proud that we have become second of the four teams. ”

The team Warr, associated with the Munich University, achieved a record speed of 466km / h in the vacuum tube with a length of 1.2km. That resulted in the first place. Their pod has a weight of 70kg and is equipped with a 50kW motor. In the previous two editions , the team also achieved the highest speeds.

The Delft team presented its copy, the Atlas 01, in June. This consists of a pod where passengers or cargo can be transported, with a launcher underneath. That is a smaller pod, which should speed up the passenger area and allow it to slow down. The launcher is set in motion with an electric motor and to brake, he grasps the track in the test tube.

Delft Hyperloop
The 37-strong Delft Hyperloop team, via Twitter

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