Hyperloop is a new mode of high-speed transportation, similar to a train in which a pod travels inside a low pressure tube. It is the near perfect vacuum in the tube that reduces air friction and allows the capsule to travel at impressive speeds.
The entire system uses only electrical energy and could be powered by solar panels installed above the tube. This technology would therefore be the fastest means of transport on Earth with the smallest environmental impact.
A Hyperloop pod could reach speeds in excess of 1000 km\h, thus being the fastest means of transport on Earth.
The safety and comfort of future passengers is the number one priority in the development of the Hyperloop.
The Hyperloop system only uses electrical energy that can be powered by different renewable sources.
In 2015, SpaceX launched the Hyperloop Pod Competition which challenges student-lead teams to design and build the pod capable of traveling at the fastest speed in the SpaceX tube.
In its first run, students from all over the world gathered during a weekend in 2016 to share their pod design. The best of them went on to build a prototype and participate in the first competition in January 2017. Participants were able to travel to California to put their pods to the test in the SpaceX test tube.
Since then, three other competitions have taken place and several other competitions are in the works.
Elon Musk launches the Hyperloop project in California
A Global Milestone
Virgin Hyperloop One's pod is unveiled in Dubai.
The First Competition
Construction of SpaceX test tube for Hyperloop pods is announced
Hyperloop at Polytechnique
Launch of PolyLoop
Source: Elon Musk
Source: Twitter 27/02/2018 - @virginhyperloopone