The anticipated Hyperloop UPV campaign is finally here! We present the HyperTrack! The first Hyperloop test track in Spain will be built at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, and we are counting on you to make this possible. You can help us to get even closer to test our prototype by sponsoring one meter of the rail!
We would need at least one hundred meters in order to test our prototype prior to the Competition, but with three hundred meters we could run at much greater speeds and even having the possibility of levitating in the near future.
Hyperloop UPV is a student team from the Universitat Politécnica de València (UPV) with the aim of constructing a functional prototype of a complete Hyperloop system and to bring the transportation of the future closer to reality.
Hyperloop UPV started in October 2015. Five students from UPV decided to participate in the Hyperloop Design Weekend Competition organised by SpaceX in Texas in January 2016. In this competition a jury composed of Tesla and SpaceX experts awarded Hyperloop UPV the Best Overall Concept Design and Best Propulsion System. The design that Hyperloop UPV proposed was the only one which was able to levitate by attraction to the top of the tube, which meant significantly lowering the infrastructure costs.
Atlantic II is the prototype which was developed for the Hyperloop Pod Competition II, organized by SpaceX in August 2017. The Atlantic II earned a place among the top 10 teams globally, with more than 300 universities participating. SpaceX confirmed that the Hyperloop technologies implemented on the prototype where exceptional, naming it the most powerful Pod in the competition.
Even more powerful than its predecessor, with an amazingly improved technology, Valentia also included an outstanding new design combining futuristic and aerodynamic outlines. In July 2018, Hyperloop UPV competed against 17 classified universities and was ranked, for the second year in a row, among the top 10 Pods of the Hyperloop Pod Competition III, occupying the eighth position. The Valentia prototype caused admiration among engineers for its innovative design. Its elegance was even admitted by our advisors from SpaceX, alongside all the other competing teams.
This year’s team is composed of 40 brilliant and highly motivated students helped out by professors from many departments who act as advisors. SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition IV will be held in summer 2019 and the team is working hard in designing and constructing a new functional prototype. This new prototype uses a disruptive design which the team hopes will ensure they win the competition when they return to California.
Turian is the name of this year's prototype, a lighter, faster and more aerodynamic Pod that will compete next July against the best technological universities on the planet. It will be revealed to the whole world next May 10, in an event where all the sponsors will be able to enjoy a unique ceremony, where they will be able to get to know the whole team and know all the parts of the prototype.
That's why we need to build the test track, to be able to compete on equal terms and be able to test our prototype before the competition. Thanks to the rail, we can pass all the tests, from propulsion to electronics and SpaceX engineers will be happy :)
Risks and challenges
Our challenge is to get the biggest amount of rail meters possible to test our Hyperloop prototype, Turian, at maximum speed, around 400Km / h.
As a team of non-profit students, we have many difficulties when it comes to obtaining financing. At the time of manufacturing our prototype, we are covered, but this year we want to go even further and be able to test our prototype here, at our home, at the UPV, in Valencia, to get to Los Angeles with everything tested. It is a point of inflection that we must overcome in order to improve ourselves and win in the competition.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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