Cooper Hyperloop

About Hyperloop

The Hyperloop is SpaceX’s concept for high-speed ground transportation. With a network of sealed vacuum tubes, a proposed pod carrying passengers or freight can efficiently travel at high speeds over long distances. The Hyperloop concept is intended to actualize an advanced high-speed rail system that would considerably reduce travel time between large cities. Such a transportation system will translate to a more accessible world, reshaping humankind’s capabilities. To advance the development of SpaceX’s Hyperloop concept, the Hyperloop Pod Competition challenges future engineers to design and construct a functional pod prototype. Engineering students from around the world present their advanced designs and compete to have the fastest and safest pod.

About Us

The Cooper Union Hyperloop Team aims to design and construct the fastest and safest Hyperloop pod to compete at the 2021 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. Our teams works to create the next generation of technology that will change the world.

Design

Our student team spends countless hours researching and designing all necessary components on the pod in order to optimize and safety of the pod.

Build

After the design is completed, the team works with Cooper Union lab technicians to test and manufacture all the parts necessary. Afterwards, we assemble the pieces into a complete pod that is tested for functionality. During the testing process, areas in need of improvement are spotted and re-designed. We disassemble. Tweak. Repeat.

Compete

The Ultimate goal is to compete in a Hyperloop Competition. Our unique and well thought out design allows us to be a a real competitor in these competitions.

2019/20 Season

In 2019 Elon Musk Announced that the next Hyperloop competition would involve a much longer curved track. Due to delays in the construction of the longer tube and the global pandemic, the 2020 competition was canceled. During this time, Cooper Hyperloop was researching ways to improve our pod. Team started looking into some of the new challenges involved with curved track and longer distance. The team was also able to participate in The Hard Tech Fund's Hyperloop Symposium. We presented our paper on Eddy Current Breaking (ECB) to stakeholder organazations such as AECOM, MIG and Virgin Hyperloop One as well as to other Hyperloop teams.

2018/19 Season

The 2018 marked the beginning of Cooper Hyperloop. Artists, Architects, and Engineers banded together to create a functioning pod.  The team worked diligently to design all the systems necessary in the high stress environment of a Hyperloop system. Throughout the design phase we passed various Hyperloop Competition checkpoints. Cooper Hyperloop passed the preliminary and final design stages of the SpaceX competition. The team was able to make it to the interview stage with SpaceX engineers. Ultimately, we got eliminated, but in our team was able to place in the top 40 out of 200 in our first year competing. Due to our exceptional performance, several team members were invited to attend and witness the 2019 Hyperloop Competition at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorn California.
2019 Hyperloop Competition

SPONsoRs

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Contact information

Team Captain: Alex Seligson
Seligson@Cooper.edu
Advisor: Professor Dirk Martin Luhtenburg
Dirk.Luchtenburg@cooper.edu