About the HyperFalcos Project
HyperFalcos is an on-campus club at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). The club is competing in SpaceX’s Hyperloop challenge that is held approximately every year. We are students with the passion for making the Hyperloop a reality and we are always welcoming new members, including those with no experience. If you are a student and are interested, come check us out! If you wish for more information on how to join, you may contact us through this site via our Contact Us page or email us at email@example.com.
In 2013, Elon Musk released the Hyperloop White Paper, proposing the concept for the “fifth mode of travel” for fast on-ground travel up to 700 mph; A tube would be built (above or below ground), with most of the air pumped out, creating a near-vacuum environment. This reduces drag on the “pod” containing humans and/or cargo. The original pod concept is that pods would “levitate” via linear induction motors and air compressors.
In June 2015, SpaceX announced they would sponsor a Hyperloop pod design competition. They built a 1-mile-long subscale test track near SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. The competition’s goal is to support the development of functional prototypes and encourage innovation by challenging student teams to design and build the best high-speed Pod. The first three competitions were held in January 2017, August 2017, and July 2018, and were the first of their kind anywhere in the world. This year, the hyperloop competition returns!
Nestled in the elevation of Colorado Springs, our official Hyperloop competition team is comprised of motivated students who work to play a part in developing an effective design of the Hyperloop project. Our students work together in cross disciplines to fulfill one purpose: produce the quickest, highly functioning Hyperloop pod model to the best of our ability.
Formed in 2016, our team has attended all competitions:
- Competition I (2017)
- We attended design weekend I in Texas and Design Weekend II in California.
- Competition II in California (2017)
- We advanced to the semi-final round, presenting our final design presentation, and placing in the top ~60 teams among 1000+ teams.
- Competition III in California (2018)
- We advanced again to show our final design presentation, and placed among the top ~50 teams in 1000+ teams.
Our goals for this year
- Advocate for Hyperloop technology: Design and construct small-scale demonstrator of Hyperloop technology for local use
- Compete in annual SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition: Design and construct large-scale pod for competitive use