On April 19, 2018, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgerloop team will reveal Badgerloop Pod III—its latest entry into the 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Competition, an event designed to spur new ideas about an ultrafast, futuristic form of transportation. The reveal will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at an event in Varsity Hall at Union South on the UW-Madison campus.

Photo of Badgerloop pods I and II
The first two Badgerloop pods (pictured) won innovation awards. The student-led Badgerloop team hopes that the updated Pod III, to be revealed April 19, will take top honors at the third annual SpaceX Hyperloop competition in July. Photo credit: Renee Meiller.







Designed to achieve a top speed of more than 300 miles per hour, the pod (and team members) will travel to SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, in July 2018 to vie for the top prize in the third annual Hyperloop Competition. There, the teams with standout designs can test their prototypes on the mile-long, vacuum-sealed Hyperloop test-track in hopes of having the fastest pod.

In prior years, the UW-Madison team received unprecedented back-to-back innovation awards for their pods’ unique designs. In 2018, thanks to an entirely redesigned propulsion mechanism and substantial updates to the pod’s electrical system, the team is optimistic about its chance to earn one of the competition’s top honors. Read the full story here.