These College Students Built a Hyperloop Pod… Here’s What Happened

if there was an Olympics for engineering
this would be it we’re just outside Los Angeles
California at the Hyperloop pod competition some of the brightest minds
from around the world are here to impress this guy Elon Musk for the teams
at the Hyperloop competition Elon Musk is the man he’s the visionary behind the
Hyperloop and the leader of some of the most innovative companies in existence
Tesla SpaceX and most recently the boring company which is anything but
Elon Musk’s futuristic transportation system could change the way we travel
the Hyperloop intends to propel passengers through a low pressure vacuum
tube at speeds up to 700 miles per hour so you’ll be able to travel from San
Francisco to Los Angeles in about 30 minutes which is faster than a plane
ride we’re capable of doing this this is not you know just a pipe dream no pun
intended Johnny is a member of Bajor loop which
is named after University of Wisconsin’s mascot the team was one of the youngest
that competed in the first Hyperloop pod competition Elon Musk launched the
competition to encourage citizen engineers and students to design and
build their own prototype pods so in 2016 hundreds of teams from universities
and private institutions around the world submitted their pod designs SpaceX
selected 30 designs to be built and tested at the competition
we proved ourselves that in competition one that we could hang with these
extremely impressive programs from around the world Badger loop had a goal
of getting their pod into hyper loops 3/4 of a mile vacuum chamber test track
there’s a very rigorous series of tests that you need to pass before you can get
into the full vacuum chamber and we were extremely close on the last one but some
electrical issues kept us from getting in
well the Badgers fell short they did make an impression our earth innovation
award goes to badger Lube SpaceX gave their pod an Innovation Award proving
their design had potential so as all good underdog stories go the team is
back in there looking for redemption we are getting that too this time we’re not
taking no for an answer and we got to make sure that we do everything we can
now to prepare and to get in that to the rebooted Badgers are young scrappy
and yes hungry in more ways than one johnny is the team’s operations director
overseeing the team leads who are in charge of building the different parts
of the pie Arjun is our breaking lead and he’s in charge of a small team
that’s designing our break system that’s gonna have the incredibly fun task of
stopping within a matter of seconds ongoing you know well over 200 miles per
hour and not blowing up SpaceX’s 12 and a half a million dollar tubes so good
luck with that Arjun yes Janu yeah clay is new to the team the semester he’s our
propulsion lead and he took on this challenge knowing very little about
thermal dynamics then there’s Justin leading structural analysis Nathan on
composites max on batteries Ryan is on controls Vaughn is the electrical and
software director Ben is on stability chris is on structural design ends up as
the team’s president and that’s not even all the team leads there are about 30
people working to make this pot a success Hyperloop pods for competition – are
designed with the same goal in mind speed in order for their pod to reach
over 200 miles per hour in the low pressure vacuum tube the Badgers are
going to need a powerful propulsion system so the system that we have for
propulsion is coal gas thruster which employs basic jet propulsion principles
by accelerating gas across a nozzle it works like this
two high-pressure tanks filled with nitrogen gas empty about 90% of their
mass over the course of 3 seconds as the gas exits it converts thermal and
pressure energy into kinetic energy the challenge is who can go the fastest and
still stop arjen’s team designed a primary and secondary braking system
that will hopefully do just that and then the badger’s electrical team
created code that will enable the pod to operate autonomously in the tube but the
crazy thing is after seven months of non-stop work in Wisconsin the team
won’t be able to fully test their pod until they get here the SpaceX
headquarters in Hawthorne California for the Hyperloop pod competition the week
before competition weekend we call a testing week I believe there’s around 60
or so tests that SpaceX has for us to pass the end of the tube after a week of
pulling all-nighters at a local garage getting the pod competition ready the
team needs to wrap up because it’s time to roll literally in the ultimate
display of teamwork the Badgers push their 500 pound pod half a mile down the
street to the SpaceX campus to undergo the final round of tests
there are 24 teams competing this year made up of members representing more
than 30 different countries and only the teams that pass all of spacex tests get
approved to go in the low-pressure vacuum tube but it’s a race against the
clock even if you pass all your tests if you aren’t one of the first to do so
there’s a good chance you won’t get into the tube there just isn’t enough time
for all the teams to complete the final test which is an open-air run being a
few minutes late – one thing can add you know four or five hours of us getting
kicked back in line and waiting for something and unfortunately that’s
exactly what happened to the Badgers a series of small technical setbacks meant
that they miss their window of time of the six teams that completed open air
run space extras through to race in the main event on competition day paradigm
Swiss loop in the returning speed champs bar from Germany it was a bittersweet
day for our team but when bar broke 200 miles per hour in the tube the Badgers
were there cheering alone but it wasn’t all over for the Badgers SpaceX
announced that it would give out three Innovation Awards this year and winning
one of them would give the team a slice of redemption for their propulsion
system which we hope to see next year in the Hyperloop competition badger loop
the University we were over the moon I mean everyone
was hugging and celebrating and it was a perfect ending of this trip you don’t really believe that you can be
amongst this company and be doing these things until you find yourself here and
like wow this is really happening here and in the future if the Hyperloop does
revolutionize transportation around the world the Badgers will always be able to
say they helped make it possible if you’re into engineering you should
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100 thoughts on “These College Students Built a Hyperloop Pod… Here’s What Happened

  1. Hyper loop cost so much to dig can transport many ppl and goes slower than the Japanese bullet train Elon also made telsa with a few trillion dollars of tax payers money thanks Obama and the average annual income of a Tesla owner is 500,000 dollars make no sense

  2. Hyperloop! Hm………should it come online for human transportation, any feasible safety measures thought up in case of an accident occurring in the tunnel ?

  3. 700 mph? Pff you'll be going way faster than that in this thing if some Arab drives a truck into the end of it

  4. Ha..why would you use wheels..? Moron. Water powered cars in a vacuum magnetically levitated. And for propulsion you use magnets and/or electricity. I could do 1200 mph.

  5. Wait if it’s a vacuum and your using air wouldn’t you just put pressure inside the vacuum and not move at all

  6. Around 4:45 mins in you'll hear the most complicated way of describing releasing gas from a bottle to push the pod

  7. The pressure propulsion system in a vacuum tube is stupid. They should`ve taken advantage that every pod goes on the same line and use an electric system, like a train. Releasing gas in the tube is going to be extremely inefficient, as they are going to need a vacuum pump to get the gas out of it, basically doubling the energy consumption. Also, the air tanks will have to be a lot stronger, as they operate in the vacuum, therefore being more expensive.


  9. It's still pointless and expensive. Flying in business class would be much nicer than sitting in a claustrophobic pod. Btw going from 200mph to 0 in a few seconds would kill you instantly.

  10. I wanna see the successful entries, I wanna see new technology succeed, not some Politically Correct fame for those that didn't make it.

  11. So just curious, anyone here know about ETT? It was basically the same idea made way before the hyperloop except it was poorly funded so it never made it out of the design stage. Plus I think it used fossil fuel power to compare it to airplanes.

  12. Why wouldnt you make the pods electric powered? this seems overly complex for something that can be so easy to solve. You could also make the loop tube with magnets that accelerate and decelerate the pods if they were metal or had metal shells.

  13. These systems are already in place, for the Elites to exodus the city to their under ground bunkers, places like the Ozark Complex.

  14. Donald trump thinks hes so great because he has so much money and he started whit a ,,small'' loan of 1 MILLION DOLARS while elon musk started basicly from nothing and now he is the most resbectable biggest milionier

  15. I don’t like the hyper loop. It’s not a bad idea, it will just stop the aviation field, and flying isn’t just a way of transportation, it’s an art in some way.

  16. Maybe they could use friction to thier advantage and make the wheels spin too with an engine. But the axles……..
    .. hmmmmmm maybe magnet propulsion with electromagnetic I dont know I am 12 years old

  17. And here is what happens..
    First of, stupid clickbait title and second thing… what happens? Well nothing because neither the first nor the second year were they able to actually compete

  18. Liquid nitrogen and mercury in a vacum chamber with magnets in the loop with no friction and can go faster then 700 mph

  19. Seeing as how it's in a vacuum maybe Elon's scouting for increased ion propulsion acceleration…. Food for thought… That would benefit spacex immensely…

  20. Waiting for the day when people will be able to travel at the speed of light and alas i won't be alive to see it 🙁

  21. Simply amazing and mind boggling. The advancement will further add to the capacity of human being by saving their precious time in long rides.

  22. so much design not a lot of thought. so can someone tell me what happens to the passengers in a curve ?

  23. well that was pointless watching this video I guess the only Fun part was getting my Hope's crushed when I actually thought their doohickey thing would get a chance to race please never upload something as pointless as this again please

  24. The people were so lucky to meet Elon… He's my childhood hero. Just in the place for Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

  25. Elon inspires so many people to do great things makes people think they can do shit when everyone calls them crazy people laughed at Elon over spacex. .. and telsa people still do but not as many as at first

  26. Well Done Team Badgers from Wisconsin University.So what they did not win the Hyperloop competition, they have won the hearts of Tesla's supremo Elon Musk & the general public.Creating a Hyperloop in a manual workshop is a difficult task & these engineering students make it look like a piece of cake.If engineering colleges can lighten & brighten their curriculum by making the teachings less mugging & more practical then who knows if the public might witness a blast of innovations from university students

  27. What happens when miles and miles of tube, with a vacuum environment inside it, gets crushed from the weight of the atmosphere?

  28. Musk is basically a snake oil salesman who loves publicity. Nice college project, but the cost to build a commercial Hyperloop would be astronomical. It will be (I'm writing early 2019) a monorail (notoriously expensive) inside a large vacuum tube (don't even ask the cost) requiring some spectacular civil engineering for the necessarily gentle curves. And Musk is wrong if he thinks it won't need to pay for the land underneath.

  29. Wouldn't a maglev be better, 640 kmh is pretty fast, and doesn't need as much engineering as a vacuum tube surely?

  30. The speed is ok, however if you cross reference the route with future flood maps the route needs to be adjusted 😉

  31. There's a chemical we found in cern, if exploded it can burst into multiple gasses for fuel, propulsion is around 15000mph

  32. The RWTH Aachen team could have joined this competition and easily won. But we all know it’s a waste of time. Too bad the students from TU Munich are wasting their time

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