Elon Musk, father of PayPal and Tesla, has made history with radical brainchildren such as SpaceX and Solar City, and he is currently busy preparing the first trip to Mars. In 2013 he presented the Hyperloop concept, which is basically a mass transport system through a near-vacuum tube. Because air resistance is almost negligible, speeds of more than 1,000 kilometres per hour should be feasible. In Musk’s vision, pods should float frictionless through the tube, borne by an air cushion.
From the onset, we opted for a comprehensive approach.
Quint Houwink, Aerospace student and team member
In 2015, Musk announced he was too busy to work on the Hyperloop himself, and he invited the world to take it from there. To stimulate its development, he had a “test tube” built in California and organized a competition. From the preliminary rounds in Texas, which involved some 200 entries, 30 teams were selected for the finale, which was to be held at SpaceX’s headquarters in California in January 2017. Three of the teams were ultimately selected for the last run. One of them was the 34-member Delft Hyperloop team, comprising students from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.