SpaceX Hyperloop Design From RMIT University Promises SYD To MELBy Jane Reed, UniversityHerald Reporter
Between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, there are over 52 flights back and forth. Each flight would take an approximate 1 hour and 35 minutes. But according to RMIT University, they can cut that travel time to almost half.
To get from Sydney to Melbourne using the current mass public transportation system, it takes 11 hours by train, and more than an hour and a half by plane.
The possibility of traveling from Sydney to Melbourne in just 50 minutes at the speed of sound is not far. After Elon Musk's vision to create a mass public transportation system, many answered with designs that focused on magnetic levitation and brake systems.
RMIT University is just one of the teams that are going into the next round of SpaceX Hyperloop Pod design testing in January 2017. And the RMIT team hopes to make Musk's vision possible by creating a pod that can transport subjects at a speed of over 1,200 kmph, cites ABC.
Although the concept of high speed travel is not new, the challenge is the tech to be used. Which is why the team is going on a different direction compared to other Hyperloop pod competitors. They are focusing their efforts on creating a great acceleration and braking technology. They are leaving out magnetic levitation and other variables for lesser worry. However, they are still using magnetic levitation and linear induction motors.
The team explained that their tech is already used on other techs. The RMIT team adds that they are just grabbing tech from other areas and putting it together to work cohesively. They hope that their design will make the cut and show off the abilities of their acceleration and braking system.
With Hyperloop One underway and 20 other student teams from all over the world coming over to California to test their Hyperloop pod designs, RMIT hopes to ace the acceleration and braking design.