What is Hyperloop?
Hyperloop is a transportation concept stemming from SpaceX and Tesla founder, Elon Musk. Similar to banks' pneumatic tubes that send and receive packages, a Hyperloop pod glides at extreme speeds within a tube carrying people and goods. The tube's engineered environment and the pod's ability to levitate against the track allow the pod to coast at speeds of up to 700mph. Hyperloop is the future of transportation–it's autonomous, environmentally friendly, and incredibly fast.
Binghamton Hyperloop is a team of 25 dedicated Binghamton University students working together to build a hyperloop pod. We are competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. Last year, our team was 1 of 24 chosen from 1300 teams across the globe to compete at nationals in Hawthorne, California. Past achievements and success has inspired this year's team to work harder and dream bigger. With new SpaceX requirements and team goals, we are working to innovate the pod for speed and create unique designs for levitation. It is our mission to make the pod efficient, light, fast and environmentally friendly. Together, we are building the transportation of the future.
Join us, as we speed up the future.
Primary Breaking System
The pod uses an eddy current braking system as it’s primary method of deceleration. Once the pod reaches its braking phase a single actuator will move the four onboard braking magnets into position on either side of the tracks I beam. Eddy currents generated by the moving magnetic field will create a force opposite to the pods direction of movement.
The pod frame has been structured to accommodate the unique three wheel design employed by Binghamton Hyperloop. The steel tubing from which the pod will be constructed allows for a strong, lightweight design.
The pod utilizes a 100 kW in-wheel linear electric motor to accelerate the pod to 234 mph in under 14 seconds. The motor is fitted inside a solid rubber tire which is attached to the frame by two steel swing arms. The swing arms pivot about their frame connection points to allow for the rest of the pod to levitate once it reaches the required speed.
The pod uses a passive magnetic levitation system. Once the pod reaches a predesignated speed it will actuate it’s onboard magnets a few millimeters above the aluminum subtrack. The movement of the magnetic field over the subtrack will create an opposing magnetic force that exerts lift on the pod.
The pod is powered by two separate battery systems. A 704V Li-ion battery composed of 220 cells arranged in series used to power the primary motor, and a second 12.8V Li-ion battery composed of 4 cells in series that will power the control circuitry and secondary actuators.
SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Status
- Preliminary Design Briefing
- Final Design Package
- Skype Design Presentation
Binghamton Hyperloop is in the midsts of their design phase. The team is currently creating drawings and schematics for a fully designed pod. Binghamton Hyperloop will be presenting their design to SpaceX in December 2018 and will be notified if they qualify for the national competition in January 2018. If selected again, the team will be competing at the SpaceX test track in Hawthorne, California in summer 2018.
ISE Team Lead
Industrial and Systems Engineer
Industrial and Systems Engineer
Propulsion Team Lead
Levitation Team Lead
Structure Team Lead