Dinesh Poudel and his team TUM, from the Technical University of Munich, won the SpaceX competition known as SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition finals on Sunday. Dinesh Poudel is a simulation engineer and involves in the research and development in the team. Among the total 21 student teams with more than 700 individuals taking part in the competition, Team TUM won the competition by achieving the top speed overall of any team to run in the finals. His team is a repeat winner and has achieved a top speed of 288 mph in this year’s finals, which is the fastest overall speed for a Hyperloop pod till now. Near the end of its run, there was a spark and some debris appeared to fly off the craft, but it still survived the run, mostly intact, and satisfied SpaceX judges to qualify for the win.
The teams that did get to run on Sunday had to get involved in a process that was as same as Musk’s original Hyperloop concept. The process involved loading their pods, which are roughly the size of sleds but little more than engines on wheels, onto the single track, which runs the length of the interior of the Hyperloop test tube. The tube is then sealed and de-pressurized to near-vacuum.
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