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MIT Wins Hyperloop Contest

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | January 31, 2016

MIT Wins Hyperloop Contest

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The Hyperloop, a transport system conceived by SpaceX and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk, is one step closer to moving people across the country at high speeds.

A group of MIT student engineers won a competition Saturday to come up with a design for Musk’s idea, The Guardian reported.

The competition took place at Texas A&M University in the city of College Station, and about 1,000 college students participated, according to The Guardian. More than 100 university teams submitted design concepts.

READ MORE: Hyperloop Inches Toward Reality

After the finalists’ names were called, Musk surprised the crowd of students and spoke about their work.

“I have a good feeling about this,” Fortune 500 reported Musk as saying. “I think the work you guys are doing is going to blow people’s minds.” 

The top teams will get the chance to build and test their pods at the world’s first Hyperloop test track, which is being built adjacent to SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., The Guardian said.

READ MORE: First Full-Scale Hyperloop Test Track Could Launch by 2016

Musk revealed his plans for the Hyperloop in 2013, with the hopes of one day shuttling people and cars between Los Angeles and San Francisco, travelling faster than the speed of sound, The Guardian reported. 

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