HyperXite is F.A.S.T. - Future of Affordable and Sustainable Transportation
The Hyperloop is a new idea proposed in 2013 by Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. The Hyperloop would consist of a long tube that would connect one city to another. This tube is held at a low pressure, allowing pods to travel through the tube at high speeds with very low friction. The Hyperloop has the potential to transport people across cities more economically than any other existing mode of transportation. A trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco would take about 35 minutes while reaching top speeds upwards of 760 mph.
SpaceX is currently facilitating the development of the Hyperloop by hosting the annual Hyperloop Pod competition in Hawthorne, CA. The competition consists of over 600 of the best teams in the world with only as few as 30 teams proceeding to the construction phase of the competition.
HyperXite is a team of undergraduate students aiming to compete in the Fourth SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in the summer of 2019. The Hyperloop concept, first proposed by Elon Musk in 2013 has the potential to change the way we see the future of affordable and sustainable transportation.
HyperXite is currently designing a new pod in preparation for Hyperloop Competition Weekend IV. We are utilizing novel propulsion methods, high voltage systems, and passive magnetic braking. HyperXite aims to have the fastest pod at the next competition, targeting a maximum speed of 245 mph. Our team is also hard at work improving and iterating all our subsystems including our passive magnetic braking that has been proven to work in the SpaceX Hyperloop tube during competitions I & II.
Figure 1: Team picture during the 2018 Hyperloop Competition.
1. To build a high speed, self propelled Hyperloop pod and complete a safe and successful vacuum run at the fourth SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in the summer of 2019.
1. Reach a top speed of 245 mph
2. Ensure all components are vacuum safe for the test track
3. Real-time pod behavior monitoring
4. Must be able to stop the pod 100 ft before the end of tube
Figure 2: Peter the Anteater on our pod!
Every single donation makes a great impact on our Hyperloop pod, and every single member on HyperXite greatly appreciates your valuable donation towards our cause. It is because of these donations and sponsorships that allow HyperXite to achieve greater accomplishments with each passing year.
Figure 3: The 2018-2019 HyperXite team.