Purdue and UPV unite in an international collaboration.
The student team was selected by Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX to participate in the competition for developing the first prototype of the disruptive Hyperloop system; a ground transportation system for passengers and cargo that moves at 1000 km/h with zero emissions.
Hyperloop UPV has established a collaboration with the prestigious University of Purdue, famous for its Aeronautical School, and with the European consultant Altran to carry out a prototype called "Atlantic II"
Valencia, 25th April 2017
A team of more than 30 students and entrepreneurs from the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain) are developing the first prototype of Hyperloop UPV, a disruptive ground transportation system for passengers and cargo that could achieve 1000 km/h and that will be presented this August in California. The system started as a project for the international competition to develop the future of transport promoted by Elon Musk, founder of successful initiatives such as Paypal, Tesla, SolarCity, SpaceX…
After their success in “Design Weekend” (competition organised by SpaceX at Texas A&M University where they won two awards: Top Design Concept and Best Propulsion Subsystem), the Spanish team was invited to “Pod Competition 1” in Los Angeles, California, where they had the opportunity to share their progress with other universities from around the world.
A transatlantic collaboration
Purdue University participated in “Pod Competition 1” last January, where they were able to try their first prototype in the test-track built nearby SpaceX’s headquarters in Los Angeles, being one of the top 10 teams in the competition. This is where both teams met and decided to unite. “This is a very exciting opportunity for us, the UPV, and for the future of hyperloop. The partnership is a good step forward by promoting collaboration between Europe and USA, as any sort of novel transportation technology should be implemented on all continents.” - explains Aaron Pikus, Team Manager at Purdue Hyperloop.
Selected from among more than 300 universities from all over the world.
Hyperloop UPV has announced that SpaceX has selected their prototype concept to participate in the competition, and now the team is working round the clock with their American counterparts to make a reality the first prototype designed between Europe and America, which has been called “Atlantic II”. Pod Competition 2 will take place from 25-27th August 2017, and there a small-scale working prototype with capacity for one dummy, which will levitate through an evacuated-tube of 1,5km that SpaceX has build in front of their headquarters, reaching speeds between 150 and 350 km/h.
For this purpose, both teams keep raising supports: recently Altran, one of Europe’s top tech consultancy companies announced their support to the team with their expertise in R&D and innovation. Also Nagares, Istobal and other institutions such as de Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingeniería del Diseño UPV or Climate-KIC have shown their support to the project. “The project is now looking for more partners to make it real”- explains Juan Vicén, communications manager at Hyperloop UPV - “for companies it is an opportunity to participate in a project with high impact, receive a lot of visibility and position itself in a new market which will attract great attention.”
Hyperloop is an idea of a transport system based in large evacuated tubes in which capsules (pods) similar to the ones used in supermarket move at speeds of 1000 km/h and with capacity for passenger and cargo. “This system would make possible important commercial connection such as Algeciras - Hamburg in just 3 hours, or Madrid - Paris in just an hour. Other of the advantages is to avoid large waiting times in boarding gates” - comments Daniel Orient, technical director at Hyperloop UPV.
The objective: a more sustainable and efficient transport system
Their objective: to promote the Hyperloop project in Europe to improve sustainability and efficiency of the current transport network, putting attention on intermodality: the smart connection of different transport systems for achieving a higher global efficiency. The team is also thinking on Horizon 2020, a programme of european funds to promote sustainable economy and technologic breakthroughs in Europe, where Hyperloop UPV fits perfectly. “We will keep working hard to make this revolution in transportation real in the near future. Although it could sound as a science fiction movie, Hyperloop is nearer that you think, and we would like Europe to be on top of its development.“ - indicates David Pistoni, Team Manager at Hyperloop UPV.