Hoverboard company sells Hyperloop tech

Image: Arx Pax Hyperloop pods
These concepts show what Hyperloop pods powered by Arx Pax’s Hover Engine might look like. The pods could be optimized to carry cargo or passengers. (Credit: Arx Pax)

The company that brought you a real-life hoverboard from “Back in the Future” wants to levitate you in the Hyperloop as well.

Arx Pax, the Silicon Valley company behind the Hendo Hoverboard, says it’s marketing its patented “Hover Engine” to commercial ventures that are trying to turn SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s rapid transit concept into a reality.

The company’s Magnetic Field Architecture technology also will be in the spotlight at the end of this month during the Hyperloop Competition Design Weekend at Texas A&M University. The event is one of the milestones on the way to this year’s Hyperloop pod races, which will be conducted on a 1-mile test track built next to SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif.

Arx Pax says it’s received inquiries from more than half of the 126 teams taking part in the competition about its Hyperloop Developer Kit, or HDK, and has already made some sales. The kit goes for $1,289.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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