The Hyperloop is anticipated to revolutionize the way we travel. In 2012, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, unveiled his vision for the tubular transportation system. The Hyperloop intends to propel passenger pods through a low-pressure vacuum tube at speeds up to 700 miles per hour. In order to encourage Hyperloop development, Musk launched a competition that would allow students and engineers to submit prototype pod designs. SpaceX then selected 30 teams to build their pods and compete at the first Hyperloop Pod Competition in Hawthorne, California.
One of those teams was a young, scrappy group of students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Badgerloop team, named after their college mascot, spent about a year constructing their prototype pod. At the competition, however, the team fell short of its goal of getting into SpaceX's .075-mile long low-pressure vacuum chamber tube.
Eight months later, the Badgers were back for redemption for the second Hyperloop Pod Competition at SpaceX. This round featured 24 teams from around the world. The Badgers pod is completely revamped and this year, they're doing whatever it takes to get into the tube.