Welcome to the HyperFalcos. Let us introduce ourselves…

Overview

We are students with the passion for making the Hyperloop reality. As we are a club, we accept any interested individuals in assisting us in engineering, design, business operations, etc. “Team members” are individuals committed to the project and officially involved in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition team.

Joining our efforts allow you to contribute towards the development of
cutting-edge technologies, demonstrate desirable skills to employers (including major Hyperloop companies, SpaceX, The Boring Company), potentially attend competition day in Hawthorne, CA at SpaceX HQ, and network with other students and faculty passionate about advancing transportation.

Goals:

  • 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
Elon Musk announcing the first Hyperloop competition.

For those who don’t know, WHAT IS HYPERLOOP?

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. Since then three competitions have occurred, with a fourth announced for the 2018-2019 year.

Resources to get you started:

Simulated air vortices around a previous years pod design.

What we’re working on…

Current Focus

  • Establish business plan
  • Facilitate development for future needs
    • Team structure
    • Financing
  • Small-scale demonstrator pod, featuring:
    • Frame
    • Linear-induction propulsion system
  • Electronics System
  • Controls
  • Communications
  • Braking system
  • Suspension system
  • Control system
  • Aeroshell
  • Track

Later Focus

  • Utilize learnings from demonstrator pod efforts to design pod for entry into SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition IV
  • New systems will be introduced, to cohere with the 2019 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Rules and Requirements, such as:
    • Communications system (Network Access Panel)
    • Full navigation mechanism
    • Stability mechanism (attitude and lateral motion)
  • Additional analysis will be necessary, including:
    • Thermal profile
    • Vibration
    • Maintenance requirements
  • Business and marketing efforts continued to larger scale

How you can help

Engineering & subsystem development

  • Design (Subsystems)
    • Electrical
    • Mechanical
    • Controls
    • Systems
  • Analysis
    • Vibrational
    • Thermal
    • Structural
  • Component selection

Business

  • Partnership Establishment
  • Marketing
    • Events planning
    • Social media
  • Finance/Accounting
    • Managing budget
  • Web Development and Presentation
    • Graphic design
    • Developing presentations
  • Human Relations
    • Recruitment
A test of a previous years preliminary design.

Interested?

Communicate with Nate particular interests in project – what is your
motivation? (What in particular do you want to do)

  • Ex: ‘I want to assist in designing suspension system’
  • Ex: ‘I want to obtain experience in thermal analysis with ANSYS and/or COMSOL’
  • Ex: ‘I want to assist in marketing efforts in any way possible’

Read the hyperloop white paper and this year’s competition rules. Get up to speed on last year’s competition results. Study other winning teams’ pods (and non-winning teams). If you’re really ambitious, read up on the Wikipedia page.

Logistics

  • Email for communication
  • Weekly meetings to report progress (6:00 PM Tuesdays)
  • Sub-groups are suggested to meet outside of this time
  • GitHub for code version control
  • UCCS OneDrive for documents
  • GrabCAD for CAD files and drawings

Contact us…

If you haven’t already, contact us using this form or send us an email at hyperfalcos@gmail.com.