Overcoming obstacles with an electric hovercraft
  • In the tunnel at SpaceX Competition in Hawthorne, California
    In the tunnel at SpaceX Competition in Hawthorne, California
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

MIT team places first among U.S. universities at 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition.

Through dedication and a willingness to face challenges both expected and unforeseen, an MIT team recently brought the air-powered hovercraft from the world of Saturday-morning cartoons to reality, at the 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition.

But that’s only part of the story.

What’s past is prologue

In a 2013 white paper, Elon Musk, technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer, detailed a high-speed frictionless train — the Hyperloop. When drag and atmosphere were removed from a tunnel, he posited, trains could float within a vacuum tube at up to 700 miles per hour.

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