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MIT Students Just Won a Competition to Design a Hyperloop Pod

By: Alex Davies, Wired

ELON MUSK’S WILD Hyperloop has captivated engineers ever since he almost casually mentioned the idea three years ago. After all, who wouldn’t want to contribute to a potentially revolutionary transportation system that would shoot people across vast distances at high speeds through a giant network of tubes?

The idea’s attracted the attention of at least two startups, who may want to take a look at the work of the 124 student teams gathered at Texas A&M University for the inaugural Hyperloop Pod Competition. The event challenged students from universities (and three high schools) around the world to design a prototype capsule, or pod, that would carry passengers through those tubes. Twenty-two teams, which had names like Team Hyperlynx (University of Colorado, Denver) and Team WARR (Technische Universität München), won a trip to California in June to test those pods on the Hyperloop test track SpaceX is building.

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