Elon Musk’s (SpaceX) plans for ‘Hyperloop’ Competition…

Elon Musk announces 2016 Hyperloop competition (Photo: SpaceX/Courtesy)
Elon Musk announces 2016 Hyperloop competition (Photo: SpaceX/Courtesy)

This time next summer, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop test track will be a real thing — a small version of it, anyway.

In June 2016 for university students and independent engineering teams to build or design a sub-scale pod for the Hyperloop, according to documents obtained by Business Insider.

To support the contest, the company wants to build a one-mile test track adjacent to its headquarters in Hawthorne, California, where qualified entrants could test their pods. The pod is the portion of the Hyperloop that riders actually sit in. However, there won’t be any human riders in this competition.

Two companies in California — Hyperloop Technologies and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies — are currently working to make the track a reality. SpaceX has no affiliation with either companies, but still wants to advance the Hyperloop idea and technologies.

The SpaceX website states…“While we are not developing a commercial Hyperloop ourselves, we are interested in helping to accelerate development of a functional Hyperloop prototype.”

Coming soon…The Hyperloop!


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