Teams gear up for a Hyperloop showdown

Hyperloop test tunnel
SpaceX’s Hyperloop test tunnel stretches for a mile next to the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle)

Teams from the University of Washington and more than 20 other universities and colleges around the world are converging on SpaceX’s Southern California headquarters this weekend for the company’s second Hyperloop pod competition.

Like many sequels, this contest could well be more intense than the original.

Hyperloop I, which was conducted in January, scored the contestants on multiple scales, including design and safety ratings. In contrast, the Hyperloop II competition on Aug. 27 will be judged solely on the basis of which team’s pod is the fastest.

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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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