A team of University of Cincinnati students has assembled a working prototype of the Hyperloop train on a magnetic cushion. They managed to lift a 4-meter-long model of a transport capsule making it float above the ground by more than half a centimeter using the magnetic levitation of eight hover engines.
The test video was published on the University of Cincinnati's YouTube channel.
The October 17 demonstration was a moment of celebration for the team of more than 60 UC students taking part in an international Hyperloop competition financed by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who has challenged bright minds around the world to come up with ideas for a supersonic tube-based passenger train.
The University of Cincinnati team is one of 30 teams that will be testing their prototypes on a 1.6 km test track in California in January.
Overall, around 1,000 applicants have taken part in the competition.
Hyperloop is a vacuum train project, which was proposed by Musk in 2012-2013. Magnetic levitating shuttles will be able to travel at over 1,100 km/h with zero friction and air resistance.
One of the early concepts of transport provided for the use of an air cushion instead of more expensive magnetic levitation.
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