Delft University of Technology hopes to set a new speed record for hyperloop technology at Space X next week.
Delft's prototype passenger pod will carry six or more passengers. For Space X competition, student teams have designed and built half-
sized hyperloop pods which will be tested in a 1.2 kilometer low pressure tube at Space X site in California.
Delft's design uses a two-part system, with a passenger pod and separate launcher. The electric-powered launcher will have wheels that grip a track inside the hyperloop tunnel, for maximum traction - and maximum speed - during acceleration.
The team has created a new design for the next stage of the competition, which is purely focused on achieving top speeds. The system is seen here being tested at ESA.
The team envisages a Europe-wide network of hyperloop tunnels. The tubes would also be used to carry data and power cables. The network would cut travel time from Amsterdam to Paris from three hours to 30 minutes.
The city-centre stations would not require above-ground connections and could use existing infrastructure.
The cities of the future are expected to be overcrowded - apart from hyperloop terminals, which will be urban oases of tranquility.
Delft Hyperloop is a student team from the Technical University of Delft, consisting of 37
students from various disciplines to prove the technical and commercial viability of the
hyperloop concept. The team won the first stage of the Space X Hyperloop competition last year.