Washington Hyperloop

What started as a brainchild of innovator Elon Musk, Hyperloop has grown to become a worldwide race to engineer and manufacture the fifth mode of transportation. The Hyperloop technology promises increased: speed, efficiency, and convenience to a stagnant transportation market.  It is hypothesized that such a technology could transport passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in thirty minutes or Seattle to Vancouver in twelve.  Hyperloop provides an environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to traditional forms of travel.  As cities expand and natural resources diminish, a technology like the Hyperloop becomes a future necessity.

Washington Hyperloop is a team of motivated engineers, leaders, business people, and designers from the University of Washington competing in the Hyperloop Pod Competition.  Our team needs more funding in order to advance our research towards a sustainable transit system based on renewable energy, and compete at a high level in the SpaceX competition. 

Our current team goal is to achieve a top speed of over 200 mph in around 12 seconds. A crucial part of our research is testing various parts and designs to determine the best path forwards, validate theories, perform safety checks, etc..  All this testing requires copies of parts, thus we often cannot afford to use the ideal parts for our design without more funding.

That being said, Washington Hyperloop does much more than just design a pod for a competition each year. We strive to provide the next generation of engineers the skills needed to work on the most innovative projects in the world, and we need your help to reach our ambitious competition goals and continue educating the next generation of engineers!

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Wire Set

Without wires, the Pod would be unable to function. Although they're one of the cheaper components, they're necessary in abundance to continue development of our prototype.

Brake Pad

Our brake pads allows use to decelerate our Pod at 1.26 G's!

Bleed Valve

Our bleed valve is extremely important given it is a keystone piece in pressurizing our propulsion system.

Torque Wrench

This specialized torque wrench allows our team to adequately tighten bolts and finalize Pod for testing.

Ball Valve

A specialized part on our Pod, which acts as a failsafe against depressurization of the Pod at 3000 PSI.

Honeycomb Core

Through adding a honeycomb core to composite parts greatly increases their strength and rigidity without large increases in weight on the Pod.

Pressurized Nitrogen

This represents the total cost of our supply of nitrogen, which is used for propulsion and braking.

Luxfer T-200A Composite Pressure Cylinders (2)

Easily the most important part on the Pod. The two cylinders store all the energy used in propulsion via compressed nitrogen.

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Washington Hyperloop

About The Campaign

Brief Background

The SpaceX Competition

Tremendous interest in the technology has spawned a competition, hosted by SpaceX, to determine who can: design, test, and build the best hyperloop pod. Teams from around the world have formed to tackle this great engineering challenge. A few students at the University of Washington decided to take on this challenge three years ago. Subsequently, Washington Hyperloop was born. 

Competition I

In the first SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, our team won the Subsystem Safety Technical Excellence Award at Design Weekend. We also placed 4th in the USA and 6th in the world out of 1,200 teams.

Competition II

For the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition II, our team focused on refining our previous design and optimized for improving speed. We successfully made it through the design phase and were chosen to compete in the final round of the competition at SpaceX again, shoulder-to-shoulder with the best teams on the planet.

Competition III

Currently, our team has finalized our POD design and have progressed to our manufacturing phase for the third competition. This competition is all about speed, and ,as stated previously, our design is capable of 200 mph in 12 seconds

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Funding Details

The funds generated from this campaign will be allocated to three different areas.

Travel expenses are very high for our team. The competition is held in Hawthorn, CA at SpaceX headquarters, and we have to pay for our team members airfare, accommodations, etc. in addition to the transportation cost of the actual pod. 

The physical parts for the Pod are easily our most expensive budget items. Our parts can range anywhere from $10 to $5,000. Often, our parts are very expensive given their specialized nature. Designing a futuristic transit system has steep costs. 

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Check out any of the links below to learn more about our team!




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Joshua Carter
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Ethan Simcock
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Daniel Torres
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Nathan Young
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Emma Faubion
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Joseph Petroske
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Nicole Lambert
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