A team of mainly undergraduate engineering students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison earned an innovation award in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition II completed Sunday in California, the university said.
The team’s Badgerloop project was one of the top eight entrants in the competition to design a high-speed transportation system that would carry passengers in pods through above-ground vacuum tubes that would enable super-fast travel. Badgerloop, however, was not selected as one of the final three that would actually participate in a test run.
The weekend competition, challenging entrants to achieve the highest speed, drew approximately 600 students from 25 teams around the world, UW-Madison said.
While the Badgerloop was not one of the three pods selected for runs in the SpaceX Hyperloop vacuum tube on the competition’s final day, it ultimately passed all the tests that would have enabled it to run — and earned high praise from judges, said Zuf Wang, team president and a master’s student in industrial engineering at UW–Madison who joined the group as an undergraduate. Read the full story here.