Washington Hyperloop is the first cross-departmental engineering and business coalition at the University of Washington. Our diverse team utilizes education and industry experience to design and build the next generation of transportation technology. We aim to establish Washington Hyperloop and the University of Washington as an innovation powerhouse through the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition.
We have been working on the SpaceX Hyperloop competition for the past four years and have enjoyed great success competing with other universities, abroad and domestically. In SpaceX's fourth Hyperloop competition, we placed top ten in the world and 3rd in the nation, in large part due to the support of our sponsors. With the cheapest vehicle within the top scoring teams, we spent approximately $98,000, whereas other teams spent upwards of $230,000 - $1,000,000. With your help, we are focused and ready to do better this summer.
WHAT IS HYPERLOOP?
The Hyperloop is a form of rapid transportation first idealized by Elon Musk in 2013. The goal is for a pod to travel in a vacuum tube at speeds up to 700 mph. This mode of transport would allow passengers to travel between cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles in just 30 minutes.
WHAT IS THE POD COMPETITION?
Teams from around the world compete in developing a pod that can travel the fastest down a mile-long vacuum tube at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. In the last competition, we placed 1st in the United States and received one of only three Innovation Awards.
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?
As a new addition to the Hyperloop Competition this year, the track that our pod will be traveling on is longer and incorporates a turn. This means that we will need to alter the design of our pod to weather these changes effectively, and in order to do that, we need YOUR help. The money raised from this campaign will go towards upgrading our pod to meet the new requirements of Comp V and ensuring that Washington Hyperloop continues its trend of success!