WARR Hyperloop did it again. The engineers of the Technical University of Munich won the Hyperloop Pod Competition of SpaceX for the third time on Sunday.
This year, WARR Hyperloop achieved victory when its self-propelled gondola reached a top speed of more than 290 mph, setting a new record for the competition. The pod was 50% faster than WARR Hyperloop's successful contribution to the latest SpaceX Hyperloop pod competition in August 2017. At the first competition, which took place in January 201
The event was hosted by SpaceX and its founder, Elon Musk, at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, as it was from the beginning. The Boring Company, another Musk business, provided additional support this year.
This year's competition illustrates the evolution and progress of Hyperloop technology. For example, in the previous two Hyperloop Pod competitions, the student teams had the opportunity to accelerate their capsule on the test track using a vehicle manufactured by SpaceX, a "pusher". This year, all pods had to be self-propelled. SpaceX added yet another contest focusing on levitation technology. In this challenge, the pods had to maintain alignment with the test track while hovering over it for an extended period of time.
WARR Hyperloop was one of three teams that made it to the final – a 1.25- Kilometer Hyperloop test track next to the headquarters of SpaceX. Delft University from the Netherlands and EPFLoop of Switzerland also made it to the final. The contest brought together 20 student teams from more than 40 countries to showcase their pods at SpaceX's third Hyperloop Pod competition.
Student teams had to demonstrate their Pod's ability to pass key tests and safety inspections. Each Pod also had to be tested in a 26-foot vacuum chamber and along a 150-meter SpaceX external test track.
SpaceX is not working or working with any of the startups that currently use Hyperloop technology. But Musk is still working to support the idea of a system of vacuum pipes that would theoretically blow people up and pack long distances at super-speeds, which he proposed in a nearly 60-page public white paper in 2013.