The feat occurred during a contest sponsored by Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp.to build a futuristic mode of transportation known as the hyperloop. The team's pod was one of only three that met the technical criteria for testing inside the 0.8-mile (1.28 km) tube at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
The Technical University of Munich group also won the previous Hyperloop competition in January, reaching 58 miles per hour. Each team had to build a prototype pod that could travel down a.75-mile (1.2-kilometer) vacuum tube.
Remember the ambitious Hyperloop project, meant to propel passengers down tubes at high speeds to beat the limitations of road, rail and all the other transportation types we already have?
SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk has released the footage of an epic Hyperloop pod run. But Musk envisions tunnels that can accommodate 6,800-lb. He claims the Hyperloop system could whisk people from San Francisco to Los Angeles, or from Munich to Berlin, in about 30 minutes. The 176-pound WARR pod is powered by a 50kW electric motor and features four pneumatic friction brakes that allow the pod to come to a standstill within five seconds, according to the team's website. The pod that reached the highest maximum speed would be crowned the victor. Sunday's test was far below the more than 700 miles per hour Musk originally proposed but well over speeds in a previous student contest in January.