Testing students’ SpaceX prototypes

Travelling from city to city at 700 miles per hour in an underground vacuum tube seems futuristic to some of us, but not to entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who sees this as the next step in mass transportation technology. Hyperloop is Musk’s concept of electrically propelled pods travelling autonomously through a near-vacuum tube. The pods will reach speeds comparable to those of aircraft, and could see a journey such as Edinburgh to London shortened to 50 minutes. An annual competition draws many engineering teams from around the world to the SpaceX headquarters in California. There, the company challenges the teams to develop their own Hyperloop pod prototypes and to test it in a mile-long vacuum tube. Engineering students from the University of Edinburgh, who were accepted to participate in the exciting SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition, used thermal imaging and measurement technology from FLIR to make sure their prototype was ready for the race.

Contact Reynhard Heymans, FLIR, Tel 011 300-5622, reynhard.heymans@flir.com

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