MIT Hyperloop

The Hyperloop team is not currently participating in any competitions or Hyperloop-related endeavors and is no longer an active group at MIT. After two successful years, in September of 2017 the team made the decision to end their journey (for now). The pod will be on display at the MIT museum starting this fall.

Hyperloop is a new paradigm of transportation proposed by Elon Musk in 2013. Cruising at 760 mph, Hyperloop is poised to revolutionize transportation. Travelling in an evacuated tube above the ground diminishes the drag force of atmospheric air and allows passenger travel at high velocity with low energy consumption.

The team of MIT students built a safe, scalable, and feasible pod for the SpaceX Hyperloop competition. At Competition Weekend in January 2017, the team finished among the final three teams, and was awarded 3rd Place in Design & Construction, and won the Safety & Reliability Award. MIT Hyperloop was also awarded 1st Place Overall at Design Weekend in January 2016.

MIT is no stranger to advancing the technology frontier. The team shared a passion for solving complex problems through technology innovation, and has accepted the challenge of building the next generation transportation system. Our team continues MIT's tradition of “mens et manus”, applying cutting edge research to make the Hyperloop a physical reality

MIT Hyperloop At a glance

Number of Members:

7 members in 2015-2016
Team leaders: 
  • John Mayo
  • Philippe Kirschen
  • Chris Merian
Year began: 
2015
Advisors: 
Douglas Hart
Maria Yang
Warren Hoburg
John Hansman
Location: 
N51
Past Accomplishments

MIT Hyperloop won the first round of the design competition in the SpaceX Hyperloop Contest, beating out a field of more than 100 teams from around the world. At Competition Weekend in January 2017, the team finished among the final three teams, and was awarded 3rd Place in Design & Construction, and won the Safety & Reliability Award. Read more...

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