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A team of student engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology won Best Overall Design in SpaceX’s competition to design a pod for a Hyperloop system that would transport people through high-speed vacuum tubes.

“The public wants something new,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told the attendees at this first-ever competition on Saturday at Texas A&M University. “And you’re going to give it to them.”

Elon Musk spoke to teams of student engineers at the end of the Hyperloop deisng competition at Texas A&M University on Saturday. Photo credit: Flickr / Texas A&M University
Elon Musk spoke to teams of student engineers at the end of the Hyperloop design competition at Texas A&M University on Saturday. Photo credit: Flickr / Texas A&M University

More than 115 student engineering teams representing 27 U.S. states and 20 countries competed. Musk challenged the teams to “design a passenger pod to run in the Hyperloop, a low-pressure tube between LA and San Francisco which will use a railgun to rocket passengers between the two cities at supersonic speeds,” according to The Guardian.

Delft University of Technology from the Netherlands finished second, the University of Wisconsin third, Virginia Tech fourth and the University of California, Irvine, fifth.

The top 22 teams will build their pods and test them this summer at what Texas A&M called the “world’s first Hyperloop test track”—a one-mile track being built next to SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. “The prototype pods would be half the size of the system that Musk envisioned and would not carry people,” Phys.org noted.

One of the pod designs from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hyperloop Team. Photo credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
One of the pod designs from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Hyperloop Team. Photo credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The idea for the Hyperloop was popularized by Musk in a 2013 Tesla blog post, in which the entrepreneur outlined his rough plans of how the system would work.

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