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

The below teams were 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
Previous competitions results can be found below:
Event Award
Hyperloop Pod Competition I
(January 2017)
Technical University of Munich (WARR Hyperloop) – Top Speed (58 mph)
Delft University (Delft Hyperloop) – Best Overall Design
Hyperloop Pod Competition II
(August 2017)
Technical University of Munich (WARR Hyperloop) – Top Speed (201 mph)
Northeastern University; Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador (Paradigm Hyperloop) – 63 mph
ETH Zurich (Swissloop) – 25 mph
Hyperloop Pod Competition III
(July 2018)
Technical University of Munich (WARR Hyperloop) – Top Speed (284 mph)
Delft University (Delft Hyperloop) – 88 mph
EPFL – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – 52 mph
Hyperloop Pod Competition IV Technical University of Munich (TUM Hyperloop) – Top Speed (288 mph)
ETH Zurich (Swissloop) – 160 mph
EPFL – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – 147 mph
Delft University (Delft Hyperloop) – 125 mph
During the competitions, the following schools have received Innovation Awards:
Delft University (Delft Hyperloop), Irish universities (Éirloop), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Hyperloop), St. John’s High School (Team HyperLift), Technical University of Munich (WARR Hyperloop), University of Maryland (UMD Loop), University of Oldenburg and University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer (HyperPodX), Universitat Politècnica de València (Hyperloop UPV), University of Texas at Austin (Texas Guadaloop), University of Washington (Washington Hyperloop), and University of Wisconsin-Madison (Badgerloop).


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
For additional information on the Hyperloop, visit spacex.com/hyperloopalpha.