25 teams entered the start of the Hyperloop Pod Competition, but only three were destined to reach the final. These are Munich Warr, Canadian Paradigma and Swiss Swissloop. Three teams, three different technologies, three interesting results that will set the further development of the Hyperloop transport system.
The rules of the competition are simple: there is a track, a pipe with a low pressure of 1.25 km, which must be driven as quickly as possible. Participants are free to use whatever way they like to accelerate the capsule, within reasonable limits. The Warr team has designed an ultra-light (only 80 kg) electric car with a 50 kW engine. They calculated everything perfectly - these same engineers won the last similar competition in January.
The second place was taken by the student team, which was inspired by the SpaceX project. At the start, they used an accelerating module, by analogy with a launch vehicle, and then the capsule flew exactly in the center of the tube due to its aerodynamic properties. True, they managed to accelerate to only 101 km / h against 320 km / h for the winner - space technologies on Earth do not always serve as a guarantee of success.
The Swiss, on the other hand, did not philosophize and put a jet engine on the capsule for the Hyperloop. There was a lot of noise, loss of communication and risky moments, and the maximum officially recorded speed was only 40 km / h. And this suggests that there is still no clear understanding of the principles of operation and development of the Hyperloop system in the world. Or there is no consensus - the same Musk trolls the participants of the competition, pretending to wonder why no one accelerated to 1000 km / h in such "greenhouse conditions"?
Let's wait for the next competition and see what conclusions the leading experts in this industry have drawn for themselves.