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The 2019 Hyperloop Pod Competition will take place on July 21, 2019.
SpaceX is revolutionizing terrestrial transportation through its Hyperloop services. The company currently provides these services to innovators and universities across the world interested in high-speed transportation technology and solutions. The Hyperloop system built by SpaceX at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California is approximately one mile in length with a six foot outer diameter.

The Official SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

SpaceX announced the Hyperloop Pod Competition in 2015. The competition’s goal is to support the development of functional prototypes and encourage innovation by challenging student teams to design and build the best high-speed pod. The first three competitions were held in January 2017, August 2017, and July 2018 and were the first of their kind anywhere in the world.

Based on these successes, SpaceX has moved forward with the fourth installment: the 2019 Hyperloop Pod Competition. As with previous competitions, the competition will be judged solely on one criteria: maximum speed with successful deceleration (i.e. without crashing), and all pods must be self-propelled. The key updates to the rules for the 2019 competition are the following:
  1. Teams must use their own communications system. SpaceX will not provide an on-pod communications system, otherwise known as the Network Access Panel (NAP).
  2. Pods must be designed and tested to propel themselves within 100 feet of the far end of the tube before stopping. This can take the form of a single main run to that point or a “slow crawl” after the pod’s main run has been completed.

The below teams have been selected to compete in the 2019 Hyperloop Pod Competition.

Avishkar Indian Insitute of Technology Madras
Badgerloop University of Wisconsin – Madison
Delft Hyperloop Delft University of Technology
EPFLoop EPFL – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
HYPED  The University of Edinburgh
Hyperloop at Virginia Tech Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Hyperloop UPV Universitat Politècnica de València
Hyperlynx University of Colorado – Denver
HyperXite University of California – Irvine
Midwest Hyperloop Purdue University; University of Cincinnati; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
MIT Hyperloop II MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Texas at Austin
OneLoop  University of California – Davis
Paradigm Hyperloop Northeastern University; Memorial University of Newfoundland; College of the North Atlantic
Queen's Hyperloop Design Team Queen's University
SLOLoop California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo
Swissloop ETH Zurich
TUM Hyperloop Technical University of Munich
UMD Loop University of Maryland
UNSW Hyperloop The University of New South Wales
uWinLoop & SCCLoop University of Windsor; St. Clair College
Washington Hyperloop University of Washington
Note: This competition is a SpaceX event. SpaceX has no affiliation with any Hyperloop companies, including but not limited to those frequently referenced by the media.
Break a pod!
Additional competition support provided by:
The Boring Company
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