MIT Hyperloop II is a team of MIT students collaborating across disciplines to demonstrate air bearing levitation at high speeds. The team is competing in the annual SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition to prototype a full stack hyperloop pod, transforming transportation for the future.
The 40-member team, comprised of cross-disciplinary graduate researchers and undergraduate students from eight MIT departments, is working under the auspices of the MIT Edgerton Center, where a dozen MIT student clubs and teams (approx. 250 students) find the resources, space, and support for their projects.
Originally envisioned by Elon Musk in a 2013 white paper, the Hyperloop is a proposed form of transportation that involves levitating pods gliding at more than 700 miles per hour through a partially evacuated tunnel. Intended for inter-city travel, Hyperloop has the potential to achieve higher passenger throughput and lower per-passenger energy consumption than traditional forms of transportation.
In past years, MIT alumni and members of the current team have won several design and innovation awards at SpaceX.
The team’s Platinum Sponsors, Arrow Electronics and Gold Sponsors, SiliconExpert, AirFloat, and Texas Guadaloop, have supported MIT Hyperloop II’s build of a radically different design utilizing compressed air for vehicle levitation.
As finalists in the competition, the MIT Hyperloop II team will travel to the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California in July to compete against 20 top teams from around the world.
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