The name may have changed, but the result is the same: For the fourth time in a row, a German team registered the top speed in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s超环型吊舱竞赛for college-level engineers.
TheTUM Hyperloopteam from the Technical University of Munich — formerly known as WARR Hyperloop — sent its sleek pod racer through a specially built, mile-long test track next to SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., at a top speed of 288 mph (463 kilometers per hour).
在运行结束时有一些戏剧性的，当豆荚经历了特斯拉蒂摄影师汤姆克罗斯所谓的一个“快速非计划拆卸”— but the judges nevertheless gave the nod to the German team.
— TUM Hyperloop (@TUM_Hyperloop)July 22, 2019
Musklaid the foundation for the Hyperloop contestback in 2015, to encourage the development of technologies that could follow through on his vision of a high-speed, tube-based transportation system.
The roots of the concept go back even further, to 2013, when Musk said Hyperloop pods could transport passengers at near-supersonic speeds between, say, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles in about a half-hour.
Engineers from SpaceX and the Boring Company presided over this weekend’s contest, which drew hundreds of participants representing 21 teams in all.
In a tweet, Musk promised to kick things up a notch by holding next year’s contest in a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) vacuum tunnel with a curve.