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Sunday, January 29, 2017

SpaceX Is Livestreaming A Hyperloop Pod Competition (spacex.com)

SpaceX is livestreaming a competition between hyperloop pods from outside their headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and at least one Los Angeles newspaper is also covering the event live on Facebook.

 "This competition is the first of its kind anywhere in the world," SpaceX writes, noting that 27 teams put their pods through a "litany" of pre-qualifying tests hoping to qualify for a run on the track on "Rocket Road".

An anonymous reader writes: The mile-long track is "roughly half the width of a full-scale Hyperloop system," according to Fortune -- but it's still a near-total vacuum inside, making it possible for the magnetically-levitated pods to attain extremely high speeds.

 "The winning team will be the one that hits the highest top speed -- then stops before hitting the end of the tube.

 'There'll be a bit of tension," Elon Musk mused. 

'Will it brake in time?'" Sunday's event "will mark the first time anyone gets to see the Hyperloop pods in action," according to Business Insider, which has photos and descriptions of the 27 pods -- including the MIT Hyperloop and the crowdfunded non-profit rLoop.
SpaceX will also host a second competition will be held this summer focused on one criterion: speed.

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