04 Apr 2018
Circa March 2018
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Hyperloop is the recent Elon Musk's idea for a new way of transporting people or goods quickly, safely, efficiently, on-demand and with minimized environmental impact. The system uses electric propulsion to accelerate a passenger or cargo vehicle through a tube in a low pressure environment. The autonomous vehicle levitates slightly above the track and glides at faster-than-airline speeds over long distances. Carbon emissions, noise, delay, weather concerns and pilot error are ultimately eliminated. This is the transport of the future.
HypED is a newly formed society/research group focusing on speeding up development of Hyperloop worldwide and in the UK. We are in a unique position to have long-lasting impact on newly-emerging market with promising prospects for the United Kingdom and we want to take full advantage of this setting by attracting public, academia and industry to the concept; we would like that HypED and University of Edinburgh are referred to in the future as a birthplace and hub for Hyperloop development in the UK and worldwide.
We started as a small group of individuals interested in Hyperloop at the start of the academic year 15/16. The group then grew to 30 people and ended up participating in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Competition in Texas and came back with an Technical Excellence Award for a modular subsystem design.
This year, we are entering the Pod Design Competition again, but this time with significant budget, help from external sponsors, a dedicated work space at the King's Buildings campus and the expertise of a professional academic supervisor. If you want to follow up more information on the competition, please have a look at:
Moreover, we conduct a number of internal technical research projects as well as support unique Master's thesis ideas and we are carrying out a large scale business case study for Hyperloop implementation in the UK.
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