The idea for the Hyperloop Pod Competition came from Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who wanted to promote a fifth kind of transportation – in addition to cars, trains, planes and boats – whereby passengers travel in pods propelled through vacuum tubes called Hyperloops at speeds of up to 1,000 km/h. His company SpaceX launched the Competition in 2015 to test the technical feasibility of his idea. Student teams from EPFL had to design a self-propelled pod that was able travel through a 1.2 km-long Hyperloop test track at maximum speed with successful deceleration. The EPFL team finish third in 2018 and 2019 among several thousand universities participating.
Participate to the hyperloop pod competition of spaceX with a functional prototype
Number of students
There are usually 30-35 students doing this project.