SpaceX to Hold Hyperloop Pod Design Contest

Elon Musk's SpaceX plans to hold a competition for pod designs for a Hyperloop system in a year, according to reports.

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​Elon Musk's SpaceX plans to hold a competition for pod designs for a Hyperloop system in a year, according to reports.

The contest will allow college students or independent engineering teams to construct a model for the compartment. The designs would then be tested at a mile-long SpaceX test track in suburban Los Angeles.

Musk outlined plans for the Hyperloop in a 2013 paper. The system would use fans and magnets to propel cars through pressurized tubes at speeds of up to 800 miles per hour.

It would also cost an estimated $8 billion to build a system running between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

SpaceX plans to hold a design event early next year at Texas A&M University and conduct tests — without people aboard — in June.

SpaceX reportedly plans to offer its own pod design, but the company would be ineligible to win the competition. Additional contest details will be released in August.

Musk, who also serves as CEO of Tesla Motors, previously said that while SpaceX isn't looking to build the Hyperloop, it hopes to help others advance the idea. He floated the possibility of a test track earlier this year but said at the time that it would likely be located in Texas.

Meanwhile, a Los Angeles-based company called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies last month announced plans to build its own test track in central California.

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