Last year, members of the CU Hyperloop team traveled to SpaceX in Hawthorne, CA for the Hyperloop Pod Competition.
Hyperloop is a conceptual transportation technology first proposed by Elon Musk in 2012. Potentially capable of speeds up to 760 mph, the concept could enable traveling across the United States – and other places around the world – in a fraction of the time it takes now. In 2015, SpaceX began a student Hyperloop Pod Competition. Every year since, The Boring Company and SpaceX have hosted this competition where university student teams are tasked with designing and building a hyperloop pod with various criteria being judged, e.g. going as fast as possible.
To help prepare for this competition, the University of Colorado Boulder is announcing a first-ever Colorado Hyperloop Workshop to be held right here in Boulder, Colorado. CU Hyperloop, one of the hyperloop teams at CU Boulder, believes that collaboration is important to being successful and advancing the technology needed for hyperloop. That’s why we’re hosting this workshop, an event aimed at bringing together local hyperloop teams from across Colorado to share their ideas and work towards making Colorado a hub for hyperloop development.
The Colorado Hyperloop Workshop will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Idea Forge at CU Boulder, and is scheduled to run from 3-6 p.m. Currently about 45 members from five hyperloop teams here in Colorado will be present, including:
- CU Hyperloop (CU Boulder)
- BoulderLoop (CU Boulder)
- DiggerLoop (Colorado School of Mines)
- Hyperlynx (CU Denver)
- HyperFalcos (CU Colorado Springs)
These teams will work together to discuss their concepts for the upcoming 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition and help solidify a network where team members and students can work together to compete.
Cole Kenny is a junior in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.