Student engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are flying-high after taking first place in a competition to design a “pod in the sky” for the Hyperloop, a futuristic transit system proposed by space mogul Elon Musk.
The MIT Hyperloop Team placed first out of more than 100 university teams from around the world who competed in the SpaceX “Hyperloop Pod Competition” held this weekend at Texas A & M University.
Musk, co-founder of the SpaceX program and Tesla Motors, challenged college students to create plans for a pod that could be used on the track of the HyperLoop, a high-speed transport system devised by Musk to shuttle groups of passengers at speeds of up to 700 miles per hour.
More than 1,000 college students participated in the competition. MIT was announced as the winner on Saturday night.
“It is our hope that everyone who participated uses the momentum from this historic meeting of young innovators to go out into the world and continue to create and innovate,” said Michael K. Young, president of Texas A&M, in a statement. “This weekend’s competition proves the future is in very good hands with such an inspiring and talented group of young people.”
A video posted to the group’s Facebook page shows students from the team cheering after being crowned.
“It’s great to see our hard work recognized, and we are excited to have the opportunity to continue to push this technology one step closer to reality,” members of the MIT Hyperloop Team said in a statement to the Globe.
The team is made up of 25 students and advisors who specialize in aeronautics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and business management, according to its website.
Delft University of Technology from The Netherlands finished second, the University of Wisconsin third, Virginia Tech fourth and the University of California, Irvine, fifth.
The top teams will build their pods and test them at the world’s first Hyperloop Test Track, being built adjacent to SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California, headquarters. Musk wants to develop a system to run from San Francisco to Los Angeles.Steve Annear can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.