UPDATE: February 3, 2018
VCU’s new student Hyperloop team has made it to the final round and will be competing in SpaceX's 2018 Hyperloop Pod Competition this summer.
January 3, 2018
A new VCU student organization has advanced to the next round of SpaceX’s challenge to design a Hyperloop transportation pod.
Students from several departments at the VCU School of Engineering submitted a preliminary design briefing for the 2018 Hyperloop Pod Competition. The team is preparing a final design presentation for the next round of the competition. Finalists will compete in the summer of 2018.
The competition challenges university teams to design and build the best transport pod for Hyperloop, the concept of high-speed ground transport being advanced by by SpaceX founder Elon Musk.
“I can see Hyperloop becoming the transportation of the 21st century and I wanted to be a part of making that happen,” said Arthur Chadwick, a sophomore mechanical engineering student and founder and president of Hyperloop at VCU. “By working with cross-disciplinary students to contribute to the improvement of the Hyperloop technology, this endeavor has given me great satisfaction and experience in project management and product design."
The VCU team, which formed in the fall of 2017, includes 50 active members from the departments of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science as well as business and arts students.